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Knocking on the Door: Shorter Writings
Author Paton, Alan, edited by Colin Gardner
ISBN-10 0684144298
ISBN-13 978-0684144290
Publisher Scribner (1975)
Type Paperback
Extent 296 page(s)
Description This is a collection of 70 poems, short stories, articles and speeches. With three exceptions, none have previously been published in the United States; about a third of the pieces first appear here. Chronologically arranged, they are divided into sections corresponding to Paton's life interests: penal reform, literature and opposition to apartheid, first within, and then outside the Liberal Party.

All of Alan Paton's varied talents are packed into this book - his phropheticv insights, his sardonic humour, his versatile imagination, his passionate concern for the peoples of Southern Africa.

This collection of his shorter writings has much new material that will surprise and delight his readers in Southern Afica and outside. The book consists of short stories, poems, political, religious and autobiographical pieces, and a short play (Chess in Yugoslavia), which have not previously been collected into volume. About a third of the items are published here for the first time; most of the remainder first appeared in small journals or newspapers and are almost inacessible.

Arranged in chronological order, with biographical commentaries by the editor, Professor Colin Gardner, these writings reflect Alan Paton's wide-ranging activities and his development as a writer and a thinker.

'For more than a quarter of a century', as Professor Gardner points out, 'he has attempted, on and off, to move away from the world of action and discourse and to devote himself wholly to writing of an imaginative nature, but her has been pulled back again and again by his immediate concern for the society around him...It is all too deeply pondered and deeply felt, but at the same time it is direct and powerful: let it speak for itself.'

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