Hanna Segal, Kleln, Fontana Modern Masters, London 1979. This is an accessible account by one of Klein's most prominent followers. It is a clear tech nical introduction with some historical and biographical context. This is the ideal next step in your acquaintance with Melanie Klein.
R.D. Hinshelwood, Clinical Klein , Free Association Books, London 1994; Jason Aronson, New York 1994. This book illustrates Klein's discoveri es and concepts by using the clinical material that she and her followers presented as evidence. It will explain to you each step in the clinical process, the clinician's thinking and how it resulted in theoretical developments.
Julia Segal, Phantasy in Everyday Life, Penguin, London 1985; Jason Aronson, New York 1995. This is an easily accessible account of the Kleinian understanding of the unconscious mind as it appears in ordinary everyday life. Be aware that the many small but familiar examples will suggest that you too operate at these disturbing levels of the mind.
Juliet Mitchell (ed.), The Selected Papers of Melanie Klein , Penguin, London 1986; The Free Press, New York 1987. Juliet Mitchell gives a brief and often lucid introduction to each of the classic papers in her selection from Klein's work. You might have hoped that Klein 's two papers written for the lay person - "Weaning" and "Love, Guilt and Reparation" - would have been published here, but they will have to be consulted in Volume 1 of The Writings of Melanie Klein , Hogarth , London 1975 (reprinted by Virago) ; The Free Press, New York 1984.
Phyllis Grosskurth, Melanie Klein: Her World and Her Work, Hodder & Stoughton , London 1986; Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. 1987. To date the best biography. It is absorbing to read about Klein's often distressing but creative life. Technical explanations of her work are less reliable. A stage play - Mrs Klein - was based on some of this biography, written by Nicho las Wright, Nick Hern , London 1988.
James and Alix Strachey (ed. Perry Meisel and Walter Kendrick) , Bloomsbury/Freud, Chatto & Windus, London 1985. This is the correspondence in 1924 when Alix Strachey in Berlin (for an analysis with Karl Abraham) and her husband James, in London, wrote to each other nearly every day. They give a wonderful evocation, drenched with dry English humour, of the psychoanalytic world in Berlin where Melanie Klein was developing her work with children, and th e London world where the Bloomsbury group and the Stracheys' psychoanalytic colleagues were getting to know each other.