John Malcolm Sabine Pasley 1926–2004

T. J. Reed

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264232
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734243 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

John Malcolm Sabine Pasley 1926–2004

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Malcolm Pasley achieved a unique authority as a British scholar in a major area of German literary scholarship, the work of Franz Kafka (1883–1924). Good scholars are often blessed with serendipity, the tendency to chance upon what they need without actually looking for it or even knowing it was there. As with candidates for promotion to General, there is sense in Napoleon's question ‘Is he lucky?’. A chance encounter gave Pasley's work a new and unexpected direction; indeed, it turned what would always have been intellectually distinguished into something unquestionably central, and directed his meticulous mind to the most basic literary issues.

Keywords: German literature; Franz Kafka; biography; obituary

Chapter.  3614 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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