Donald Meltzer: A Contemporary Introduction

Author(s) : Meg Harris Williams

Donald Meltzer: A Contemporary Introduction

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 160
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 96016
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367422233
  • ISBN 10 : 0367422239

Reviews and Endorsements

"This book is to be welcomed as both timely and necessary. It is presented as an introduction to the work of one of the most important and prolific thinkers in psychoanalysis of recent times. But it takes us on a journey through Donald Meltzer’s work in a really intelligent way, guided by the author and her in-depth knowledge. The book will allow readers to recreate the atmosphere of the clinical seminars and supervisions shared with Donald Meltzer. His optimism about the human spirit holds all of us who choose to engage in the task of holding ‘the most interesting conversation in the world’ in the consulting room and in the different settings we inhabit." - Virginia Ungar, M.D., IPA President.

"This is an excellently structured and immensely readable book, which is bound to whet the appetite to read Donald Meltzer’s original work.
It is no easy task to introduce an oeuvre of eight books and a large collection of essays, conference talks and clinical papers into a 40,000-word volume, but Meg Harris Williams has succeeded in that elegantly and rigorously. She presents Meltzer’s understanding of his teachers: Freud, Klein, Money Kyrle and Bion, crucially pinpointing the aspects of their theories that had stimulated his original thinking. Williams skilfully manages to serve two masters: the theoreticians, who will be impressed by her academic style, and the clinicians, who will relish the quoted clinical examples. The latter show her deep appreciation and respect for Meltzer, who maintained that any psychoanalytic theory must be conceived, gestated and born in the consulting room." - Irene Freeden, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, British Psychoanalytic Association.

"Meg Harris Williams has managed to offer us more than just an introduction to Meltzer’s oeuvre. This book visits almost each milepost of Meltzer’s evolution as an analytic original thinker. She brings his concepts back in her own clarifying words and illustrates them with generous citations from Meltzer’s writings. It reads like a pas-de-deux between explanation and citation, thus both inspiring the reader’s thoughts as well as stimulating (healthy) curiosity which will lead many to study Meltzer’s books and articles. For the reader already familiar with Meltzer’s writings, it will offer a fresh look into them, and a very enjoyable one. Williams pays homage to Meltzer who developed, enriched and applied the works of Freud, Klein and Bion. This rather short book is a délicatesse to savor and let ‘dissolve in your mind’." - Robert Oelsner, M.D., Psychoanalyst FIPA, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.

Sign up for our new titles email   Sign up to our postal mailing list   Sign up for postal updates