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Kuhn, P. (2001). Family Romances: Oedipus In Britain: Edward Glover and the Struggle over Klein by Paul Roazen (Other Press, New York, 2000); reviewed by Philip Kuhn. Psychoanal. Hist., 3(2):227-236.

(2001). Psychoanalysis and History, 3(2):227-236

Family Romances: Oedipus In Britain: Edward Glover and the Struggle over Klein by Paul Roazen (Other Press, New York, 2000); reviewed by Philip Kuhn

Review by:
Philip Kuhn

During the summer of 1965, when Paul Roazen was in England gathering background material on the history of psychoanalysis, Geoffrey Gorer, ‘an exceptionally intelligent commentator on British psychoanalysis’, suggested he meet Edward Glover (Roazen 2000, p. 5). That summer Glover (1888-1972) granted Roazen ‘nine separate interviews’. They subsequently met twice again when Roazen ‘returned to London in the fall of 1966’ and thereafter ‘exchanged some friendly correspondence’ (p. 6). Roazen found him an ‘unusually gentle’, ‘nice’ and ‘sweet’ man and, according to Roazen, it was this personal contact which is responsible for the ‘inevitably subjective component in this report of [his] encounter with Glover’ (pp. 6 & 1). But Roazen was also prompted to write his book after stumbling upon a significant collection of Glover's letters and other related material at the Library of Congress (p. xxxiii). Oedipus in Britain is, therefore, constructed out of a melding of ‘oral’ and ‘documentary’ history clustered around a short biographical study of a man who ‘was one of the great publicists for psychoanalysis in the English language’, had an ‘international stature’ in the psychoanalytic movement, and was, for many years, the ‘left hand’ of Ernest Jones (pp. xxxii, 78, 91).

Roazen offers his readers fragments of his transcriptions of the detailed notes he took from his interviews with Glover in the mid-1960s.

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