Art and Artist: Creative Urge and Personality Development

Art and Artist: Creative Urge and Personality Development

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By (author) Otto Rank, Foreword by Anais Nin, Translated by Charles Francis Atkinson

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 185mm x 25mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 6 December 1989
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393305740
  • ISBN 13: 9780393305746
  • Edition statement: (1989) ed.
  • Illustrations note: Ill.
  • Sales rank: 186,046

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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.

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

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'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.