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Portrait of a Life


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Roger Amos is a retired doctor, in a previous life a haematologist working in the NHS in east London. His wife, Anne, is a psychoanalyst and a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He has lived on the fringes of the analytic world for many years, where Melanie Klein has been an abiding presence. His book has been an opportunity to get to know her better.


Roger Amos has written and illustrated a fascinating work on the relationships
between Melanie Klein and the artists who portrayed her. This book sheds
important new light on her character and also on those of the photographers
and artists.
John Steiner, Treasurer of the Melanie Klein Trust

At the heart of Roger Amos' work is a haunting question: Why did Melanie
Klein destroy two works of art created of her, a bust by Oscar Nemon and
a painting by William Coldstream? Amos addresses this question with
in-depth research and an artist's intuitive grasp of mood, tone, and emotional
resonance. The reader will be rewarded with a compassionate insight into a
complex personality.
Donald Campbell, past President of the British Psychoanalytical Society

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