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King, P.H. (1983). The Life and Work of Melanie Klein in the British Psycho-Analytical Society. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 64:251-260.

(1983). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 64:251-260

The Life and Work of Melanie Klein in the British Psycho-Analytical Society

Pearl H.M. King

SUMMARY

This paper describes certain aspects of the life and work of Melanie Klein in the British

Psycho-Analytical Society. It attempts to highlight the reciprocity of the relationship between Melanie Klein and other members of that Society by showing how the climate of psychoanalytical opinion that was prevalent among members of that Society during the first decade of her stay in London, and which encouraged discussion of clinical work and interest in psychoanalytical discovery, provided a congenial setting for her to become firmly established as an active member of the British Society and to continue her contributions to psychoanalytic theory and clinical expertise.

The paper also traces the development of Melanie Klein's main theoretical contributions, together with relevant criticisms of them as they emerged, against the background of the history of the British Psycho-Analytical Society. It describes the controversies that arose as to whether or not her ideas could properly be viewed within the framework of psychoanalytic theory, as formulated by Freud, and the attempted resolution of these controversies, together with some comments on the repercussions of these theoretical disagreements on relationships within the Society. An extensive list of references is included to facilitate a more detailed study of the subject.

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