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Alan Paton drew heavily on his own experiences when he wrote Cry

Alan Paton drew heavily on his own experiences when he wrote Cry

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Alan Paton drew heavily on his own experiences when he wrote  Cry, the Beloved Country,  for he had  taught school in Ixopo and had been principal of a reformatory, too, where he had dealt with many  young men like Absalom Kumalo. Paton was born January 11, 1903, in the South African city of Pietermaritzburg, the eldest child of  English settlers, James and Eunice Paton. While studying science at the University of Natal, he was  active in dramatic and religious societies, won the five-mile race in his senior year, was elected  president of the student body, and amused himself by writing poetry. He graduated in 1922 and was  awarded his teaching certificate the following year. In 1925, Paton went to teach in a native school in Ixopo and three years later went on to teach at  Pietermaritzburg College for another seven years. He wrote a great many poems and two novels, but 
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