The Freud-Klein Controversies 1941-45

Editor : Pearl King, Editor : Riccardo Steiner

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The Freud-Klein Controversies 1941-45

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 1992
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 2549
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415082747
  • ISBN 10 : 0415082749

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A complete record, including all relevant papers and correspondence, of the psychoanalytic feud between Anna Freud and Melanie Klein.

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Following the arrival in England of Freud, Anna Freud and some of their Viennese colleagues in 1938 and the death of Freud in 1939, the radical theories of Melanie Klein were the subject of prolonged controversy and fierce debate within the British Psychoanalytic Society. In the midst of, or as a result of, the personal animosities and political manoeuvrings, important intellectual contributions were made, and practical decisions taken, which were to affect the development of psychoanalysis down to the present day. The Freud-Klein Controversies 1941-45 offers the first complete record of the debate, including all relevant papers and correspondence, based on previously closed archive material.

"The best book on the history of psychoanalysis" - André Green
"An exemplary research" - Julia Kristeva

About the Editor(s)

Pearl King (1918 -2015) trained at the Institute of Psychoanalysis from 1946 to 1950, and in 1955 became a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS). She held numerous offices within the BPAS and was the first non-medical president of the society between 1982 and 1984. She also played a significant role internationally in the organisational life of psychoanalysis, among others as Honorary Secretary of the International Psychoanalytical Association from 1957 to 1961 and of the European Psychoanalytical Federation from 1953 to 1967.

Besides her interest in the psychoanalysis of the elderly, a main focus of Pearl King's work lay in the history of psychoanalysis. From 1984 to 1994 she was Honorary Archivist of the BPAS and initiated a computerised search program concerning the history of psychoanalysis in Britain. She published a book (in collaboration with Riccardo Steiner) on the famous controversy between Melanie Klein and Anna Freud during the 1940s - The Freud-Klein Controversies 1941-1945.

In 1992, along with Hanna Segal, she was awarded the Sigourney Prize for outstanding contributions to psychoanalysis.

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Ricardo Steiner is a member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society, and the current Honorary Archivist. Amongst other distinguished contributions to psychoanalysis, he edited, together with Pearl King, The Freud-Klein Controversies. His other books, 'It's a New Kind of Diaspora':Explorations in the Sociopolitical and Cultural Context of Psychoanalysis, Tradition, Change, Creativity: Repercussions of the New Diaspora on Aspects of British Psychoanalysis, Unconscious Phantasy and Within Time and Beyond Time: A Festschrift for Pearl King are also published by Karnac Books.

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