Joseph Peter Stern, FBA (in full: Joseph Peter Maria Stern; December 25, 1920 – November 18, 1991), was an authority on German literature. He was educated in Prague, Vienna and St. John's College, where he took his MA in 1947. During the war he served in the Czechoslovakian army in exile. He took up a lectureship at Bedford College, London and then at Cambridge in 1952, returning to St. John's. He was Professor at University College London from 1972 to 1986. A prolific scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century German literature, he wrote on Nietzsche, Kafka, Rilke and Mann, and edited the series "Landmarks in World Literature". One of his most influential works was "On Realism" (1973). He was also known for his study "Hitler: The Führer and the People", which was translated into several languages. He was married to Sheila Stern (June 23, 1922 - November 16, 2005), nee McMullan, in 1944 having first met her as a student in 1940.
Ritchie Robertson, An appreciation of the work of Siegbert Prawer, J. P. Stern and George Steiner, in Stephen D. Dowden and Meike G. Werner (eds), German Literature, Jewish Critics: The Brandeis Symposium (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2002), pp. 237–61
M. Beddow, J. P. Stern: a memoir, Proceedings of the British Academy