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Alan Paton

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton

Profession: Author and Apartheid Activist

Nationality:
South Africa
South African

Biography: As a vocal anti-apartheid activist, Paton is best remembered for his first novel, "Cry, the Beloved Country" (1948), which brought international attention to the racial injustices in South African apartheid. The book has been adapted into a musical, two films and a play.

Born: January 11, 1903
Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: April 12, 1988 (aged 85)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Historical Events

  • 1948-02-01 Important South African anti-apartheid novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton is published in the US
  • 1949-10-30 "Lost in the Stars" by Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill, based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 281 performances
  • 1950-07-01 Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill's "Lost in the Stars", based on Alan Paton's novel "Cry the Beloved Country", closes at Music Box Theater, NYC, after 281 performances
  • 1972-04-18 Revival of Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's musical "Lost in the Stars" based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 39 performances
  • 1972-05-21 "Lost in the Stars" based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 performances

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