Essential Readings from the Melanie Klein Archive: Original Papers and Critical Reflections, edited by Jane Milton (Routledge, 2020)
This new book by Jane Milton brings together a selection of previously unpublished material by Klein and sets it in the context of the contemporary understanding of her work, with contributions by a range of leading Klein scholars.
The book contains lectures, letters, notes and an autobiography by Klein, as well as contributions from Claudia Frank (published here in English for the first time), R.D. Hinshelwood, Jane Milton, and a specially commissioned new piece of research by Maria Rhode.
Jane Milton, who is the Melanie Klein Trust’s honorary archivist, says: “I am particularly pleased to be publishing four of Klein’s ‘lay’ lectures for the first time. Klein is always clear and lively in the lectures she wrote for non-analytically trained audiences, and these are no exception. We see her here at the height of her creative powers, while she was evolving her central ideas of the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions.
“My own chapter looks at the material Klein collected while she was writing her final (posthumously published) paper, ‘On Loneliness’. I found exploring this material both interesting and moving, and hope that my readers will too.”