'This volume has grown over the years almost as a family project of Martha Harris, her two daughters Meg and Morag and her husband, Donald Meltzer. It therefore has its roots in English literature and its branches waving wildly about in Psycho-analysis. It is earnestly hoped that it will reveal more problems than it will solve. Its roots in English literature - Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Keats, Coleridge and Blake - are as strong as the psycho-analytical branching from Freud, Klein and Bion. Its philosophical soil is certainly Plato, Russel, Whitehead, Wittgenstein, Langer, Cassirer and in aesthetics Adrian Stokes.
The fundamental thesis of the aesthetic conflict over the obtrusive outside and the enigmatic inside of the object is traced into various dimensions: development of the personality, violence as an interpersonal and social phenomenon and art as an active and receptive undertaking. While it is, from the clinical sense, a sequel to studies in Extended Metapsychology, it also goes some distance towards uniting Kleinien source with its later tributaries, thus mapping out a current of clinical and theoretical progress that is certainly accelerating.'