Beyond Therapy: The Enduring Love of Anaïs Nin for Otto Rank

  • Sharon Spencer


Anaïs Nin’s intense feelings for Otto Rank were born in 1932 when she read his stunning book Art and Artist: Creative Urge and Personality Development. Very little cogent research and theorizing about creative people has been done and shockingly little about the developmental process of women artists.1 Consequently, Rank’s unique and profound work had a striking impact on Nin, who was struggling to define herself as an original artist in a specifically ‘feminine’ mode of conceptualization and expression. The rapt sense that she and Rank were intellectual and spiritual soul mates endured throughout Nin’s remaining 45 years; however, her feelings for the brilliant philosopher/healer passed through several changes in kind as well as fluctuations between positive and negative.


Love Affair Creative People Striking Impact Literary Perspective Masculine Ideology 
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  1. 19.
    Anaïs Nin, House of Incest, 1st edition (Paris: Villa Seurat, 1936 ), p. 55.Google Scholar
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    Anaïs Nin, Winter of Artifice ( Chicago: Swallow Press, 1945 ), pp. 84–5.Google Scholar

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