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Full Text: Anthropos, 69.1974

Sir Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard 
(1902-1973) 
An Appreciation 
T. O. Beidelman 
Conte 
1. Life and Career 
2. Personal Character 
3. Academic Training 
4. Scholarly Achievement 
a) Modes of Thought 
b) Political Institutions 
ts: 
c) History 
d) Oral Literature 
e) Ethnography and Classic Theory 
f) Minutiae of Social Experience 
g) Pedagogical and Theoretical 
Implications of Style and Publication 
Recently anthropologists were saddened by the death of Sir Edward 
£van Evans-Pritchard, one of the dominant figures of twentieth century 
s ° c ial anthropology. This essay has three aims: 1. to record some facts about 
■^ v ans-Pritchard’s life that may not be recorded in any conventional obit- 
Uar Y, and which he himself does not mention in any of his autobiographical 
e ssay s> but which would help us further understand this complex and distin 
guished man; 2. to record some unpublished comments by him that reveal 
as Pects of his personality or views about anthropology, and 3. to present a 
bri ef appraisal of his achievement in anthropology and African studies 1 . 
1 From the nature of his correspondence and conversation with me it seems likely 
kat Evans-Pritchard made many comments with the assumption that they mig t 
P e ntually be published. Much of our communication related to my preparation of a 
b * e * biographical sketch to accompany a bibliography of his works. These were projects 
Whi ch Evans-Pritchard hoped to see published before he died and in which he took 
I kee * interest (for a bibliography to 1970-71, see T. O. Beidelman [edit.] 1971; for 
c °mpiete bibliography, see T. O. Beidelman [edit.] 1974). In that sketch (1974) pre- 
only the most formal aspects of Evans-Pritchard’s life. Although he at no time 
ol d me what I should or should not include, some restraint seemed appropriate w 1 e
	        
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