Until recently underestimated in America, Melanie Klein was a leading figure in psychoanalytic circles from the 1920s until her death in 1960. Parent of object-relations theory, she saw the development of children, and of the female in particular, in a way that was both an extension of and a challenge to orthodox Freudian thinking. Now, drawing on a wealth of hitherto unexplored documents as well as extensive interviews with people who knew and worked with Klein, Phyllis Grosskurth has written a superb account of this important, complicated woman and her theories—theories that are still growing in influence both here and abroad. Melanie Klein was not only a highly original theorist and effective practitioner, but a thoroughly fascinating woman. This brilliant, definitive book on her life is a major contribution to psychoanalytic history.
About Phyllis Grosskurth
Phyllis Grosskurth’s biographies include the Governor General’s Award winner John Addington Symonds, and Byron: The Flawed Angel, hailed as the definitive short biography by The New York Times. She reviews frequently for The New York Review of Books and the Globe and Mail and lectures on the history of psychoanalysis and the art of biography.