The Controversial Discussions raged through the British Society for four years, and for a while it seemed the Society might fall to pieces. Following the arrival in England of Freud, Anna Freud and some of their Viennese colleagues in 1938, and the death of Freud in 1939, Klein's radical theories were the subject of fierce debate within the British Psychoanalytical Society. In the midst 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.
In The Freud-Klein Controversies, Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner offer the first complete record of the turbulent, years-long debate, including all relevant papers and correspondence, based on previously closed archive material.
Cf. King, P. and Steiner, R. (Eds.), The Freud-Klein Controversies 1941-45. (New Library of Psychoanalysis, Routledge, 1992).