The Hero of Currie Road

The Hero of Currie Road

by Alan Paton
     
 

A classic collection of 20 short stories, the core of which is formed by Alan Paton’s famous first volume of short stories Debbie Go Home (1961), published in the US as Tales from a Troubled Land. The rest of the stories are taken from other sources,10 of them from Paton’s last volume, Knocking on the Door (1975). The collection is prefaced by…  See more details below

Overview

A classic collection of 20 short stories, the core of which is formed by Alan Paton’s famous first volume of short stories Debbie Go Home (1961), published in the US as Tales from a Troubled Land. The rest of the stories are taken from other sources,10 of them from Paton’s last volume, Knocking on the Door (1975). The collection is prefaced by Paton’s lively interview of himself. Paton himself provides the best description of the collection when he says: ‘… you must put your story first, not your politics or religion or your anger … they inform the story and give it colour and warmth and fire. But they must never usurp the place of the prime motive, which is to tell a story.’ ‘The Hero of Currie Road’, the last story in the collection, was read publicly by Paton in 1970 in Johannesburg and first published in 1972.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781415200506
Publisher:
Random House Struik
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

With the publication in 1948 of his first novel, Cry the Beloved Country, Alan Paton won international acclaim and – with sales of over ten million copies of the book in paperback – could live thereafter by his pen. He wrote four other books and, from his home in Kloof, frequently contributed to the non-racial review Contact and chaired the board of Reality, the monthly journal of liberal opinion. He was leader of the country’s Liberal Party from 1953. He served as principal for 13 years (1935–48) of Diepkloof Reformatory for delinquent African boys, which provides the setting for some of his most memorable of stories.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 11, 1903
Date of Death:
April 12, 1988
Place of Birth:
Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Place of Death:
Durban, Natal, South Africa
Education:
Maritzburg College, 1918; B.S., Natal University College, 1924

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