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Pedder, J. (1989). Illusion and Spontaneity in Psychoanalysis: By John Klauber and others. London: Free Association Books. 1987. Pp. 197.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 70:359-360.

(1989). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 70:359-360

Illusion and Spontaneity in Psychoanalysis: By John Klauber and others. London: Free Association Books. 1987. Pp. 197.

Review by:
Jonathan Pedder

John Klauber died in August 1981 at the height of his powers, shortly after attending the International Psychoanalytic Congress in Helsinki. He had just completed his first year of office as President of the British Psycho-Analytical Society and was about to take up his post as Freud Memorial Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis at University College, London. Fortunately he lived long enough to edit his earlier volume of papers, Difficulties in the Analytic Encounter (1981). He had also written the first four of his UCL lectures which he was to have given in the autumn term. The first, his Inaugural Lecture, was delivered by Eric Rayner six weeks after he died; it now appears here for the first time along with the other papers he had time to finish. For a while his widow had some difficulty finding a publisher for them because of the comparative brevity of what he had completed, but fortunately her persistence, combined with the help of Neville Symington and others, found a willing publisher in Robert Young of Free Association Books. This volume is the product of their combined foresight and efforts together with the 'others' of the authorship which include English and European admirers of Klauber's work.

John Klauber was born in London in 1917. He was a history scholar at Oxford before the war, much of which he spent in Eighth Army Intelligence, and while still in the army he wrote to Ernest Jones saying he wished to become a psychoanalyst. After the war he embarked on psychoanalytic training at the same time as he studied medicine at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in London, where later in the early 1960s he became Psychotherapist to the newly founded Academic Department of Psychiatry.

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