The Friends of the Library are honored to welcome Anna Bentinck, whose new, wide-ranging new biography of Karl Abraham draws on impressive research into his personal life; his important institutional role in the early psychoanalytic movement as the leader of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Society and as a member of the Secret Committee formed after Freud’s split with Jung; and his role in stimulating the theoretical contributions of his notable analysands, among them Karen Horney, Helene Deutsch, Edward Glover and Melanie Klein. The valuable clinical descriptions of the findings and personal history that inspired Abraham’s major theoretical contribution to psychoanalytic theory, the origins of depressive illness in the oral stage of libidinal development, re-introduces psychoanalysts to the creativity of this early psychoanalyst.
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