ACP member, Margaret Rustin and her husband Michael Rustin launched their book, Reading Klein, at the Institute of Psychoanalysis on Friday 24th February. The book was commissioned by the Melanie Klein Trust as part of the New Library of Psychoanalysis Teaching Series. The event was chaired by Michael Feldman and Margot Waddell made some introductory remarks in which she praised the breadth and depth of Michael and Margaret’s reading and understanding of Melanie Klein’s works. In particular she highlighted how Margaret and Michael had brought out the positive hope within Melanie Klein’s’ writing, which is often overshadowed by her thoughts on the negative transference.
The Rustins shared how they had approached the work together revealing much about their own creative partnership and passion for the work of Melanie Klein.
The book could become a vital text for all those studying psychoanalysis and particularly for those who plan to work with children, as it makes Melanie Klein’s works highly accessible, providing both substantial extracts from her writings, and material by the Rustins, exploring their significance.
Each chapter corresponds to a major field of Klein’s work outlining its development over almost 40 years. The first part is concerned with her theoretical and clinical contributions. It shows Klein to be a sensitive clinician deeply concerned for her patients, and with a remarkable capacity to understand their unconscious anxieties and to revise our understanding of the mind. The second part sets out the contribution of her ideas to morality, to aesthetics, and to the understanding of society, introducing writing by her associates as well as herself.
The evening was delightful and the ACP is very proud to have Margaret as one of its long-standing members. You can order a copy of book here