Karl Abraham: Life and Work, a Biography

Bentinck van Schoonheten, A. 2015. Karnac.

This is the first complete biography of Karl Abraham (1877-1925), a close colleague and friend of Sigmund Freud, and one of the major pioneers of psychoanalysis. Abraham was the first psychoanalyst in Germany, where he brought about a great flourishing of psychoanalysis. His clinical and theoretical contributions became classics that have helped shape the development of psychoanalytic theory. He offered the first psychoanalytic theory of depression, several years before Freud’s ‘Mourning and Melancholia’. He was also supervisor and analyst to Melanie Klein, and he influenced her work profoundly.