Alexander, Peter F. Alan Paton: A Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. A thorough, vast study of Paton’s life, this volume is as engagingly written as it is well documented. Background on the major novels is particularly helpful.
Baker, Sheridan. Paton’s “Cry, the Beloved Country”: The Novel, the Critics, the Setting. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1968. This useful collection of criticism of the novel includes Baker’s own classic, “Paton’s Beloved Country and the Morality of Geography.”
Callan, Edward. Alan Paton. Rev. ed. Boston: Twayne, 1982. Callan sets critical assessment of Paton’s writings within a general background of his life.
Callan, Edward. “Cry, the Beloved Country”: A Novel of South Africa—A Study. Boston: Twayne, 1991. Part of Twayne’s Masterwork Studies, this volume discusses race relations, apartheid, and South African culture in relation to Paton’s seminal work.
Foley, Andrew. “‘Considered as a Social Record’: A Reassessment of Cry, the Beloved Country.” English in Africa 25, no. 2 (1998): 63-93. Assesses the long-term value of Paton’s most famous novel as well as Paton’s thought as a social critic.
Iannone, Carol. “Alan Paton’s Tragic Liberalism.” American Scholar 66, no. 3 (1997): 442-452. Emphasizes the complexity of Paton’s liberalism, which refuses to take the easy way out in addressing social issues.
Paton, Jonathan. “Comfort in Desolation.” In International Literature in English: Essays on the Major Writers, edited by Robert L. Ross. New York: Garland, 1991. Paton’s youngest son describes the Christian call for comfort that underlies his father’s first novel.