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BĂ©goin, J. (1995). Sincerity and Other Works. Collected Papers of Donald Meltzer. : Edited by Alberto Hahn. London: Karnac Books. 1994. Pp. 604.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 76:1049-1053.

(1995). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 76:1049-1053

Sincerity and Other Works. Collected Papers of Donald Meltzer. : Edited by Alberto Hahn. London: Karnac Books. 1994. Pp. 604.

Review by:
Jean Bégoin

It is very difficult to do justice to a book of this kind, some six hundred pages long, comprising thirty-four papers written during the last forty years. Some of the papers are very short, while others could have made a book by themselves. That is true of ‘Sincerity’, from which the volume takes its title: written in 1971, it amounts to about a hundred pages, and no less than thirty-three papers written before and after that year, between 1955 and 1989, are assembled around it. The book thus offers an exceptional survey of the whole of a scientific life, showing the evolution of the thought of an analyst who was a particularly prolific author—eight books to date, all of them important, published between 1967 and 1992. The oeuvre also reveals sometimes revolutionary changes in Meltzer's thought.

I myself have been able to follow this evolution very closely because I knew Donald Meltzer in the 1960s through the seminars organised with the London group of Kleinian analysts by Marcelle Spira in Geneva, where I had my analytic training. After settling in Paris, I had supervision with him in London in the 1970s on a case that taught me a great deal, demonstrating in particular Meltzer's extraordinary virtuosity in dream interpretation, which he displayed much later in his book Dream Life (1984). I was then the French translator of his first two books, The Psycho-Analytical Process (1967) and Sexual States of Mind (1973); with his friend James Gammill, who settled in France after training in London, we invited him to Paris regularly for seminars and supervisions.

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