Friday, April 22, 2022

Apr. 22: Otto Rank, Austrian psychoanalyst


Otto Rank (1884-1939) was an Austrian psychoanalyst, writer, and teacher; never anyone's household name, he influenced my thinking by laying much of the groundwork for the ideas of Joseph Campbell in his The Myth of the Birth of the Hero. (Other spicy titles include The Incest Theme in Literature and Legend and The Trauma of Birth.) He is said to have influenced such seemingly-disparate thinkers and creators as Matthew Fox, Anaïs Nin, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Nella Larsen, Salvador Dalí, Martha Graham, and Samuel Beckett.


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