The Freud/Klein Controversies 1941-45

King, P. and Steiner, R. (eds.) 1992.  New Library of Psychoanalysis, Routledge.

Following the arrival in England in 1938 of Sigmund and Anna Freud, and some of their Viennese colleagues, and then Freud’s death in 1939, Klein’s radical theories were the subject of controversy and fierce debate within the British Psychoanalytical Society. In the midst of personal animosities and political manoeuvrings, important intellectual contributions were made, and practical decisions taken, which were to affect the development of psychoanalysis up 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.