Art and Artist: Creative Urge and Personality Development (Paperback)

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By Otto Rank, Charles Francis Atkinson (Translated by), Anaïs Nin (Foreword by)
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"[Rank's thought] has implications for the deepest and broadest development of the social sciences . . . and of all [Rank's] books, Art and Artist is the most secure monument to his genius." —Ernest Becker

Along with Adler and Jung, Otto Rank was one of the intellectual giants in the inner circle around Sigmund Freud. Art and Artist, his major statement on the relationship of art to the individual and society, pursues in a broader cultural context Freud's ideas on art and neurosis and has had an important influence on many twentieth-century writers and thinkers, beginning with Henry Miller and Anais Nin.

Art and Artist explores the human urge to create in all its complex aspects, in terms not only of individual works of art but of religion, mythology, and social institutions as well. Based firmly on Rank's knowledge of psychology and psychoanalysis, it ranges widely through anthropology and cultural history, reaching beyond psychology to a broad understanding of human nature.

About the Author

Charles Francis Atkinson was a writer and translator. He wrote English translations of works by Oswald Spengler and Otto Rank.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393305746
ISBN-10: 0393305740
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 17th, 1989
Pages: 532
Language: English