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December 5, 1966

The Creative Imagination: Psychoanalysis and the Genius of Inspiration

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Beverly Hills, Calif

JAMA. 1966;198(10):1132. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110230148051

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The Literary Imagination: Psychoanalysis and the Genius of the Writer  edited with an introduction by Hendrik M. Ruitenbeek, 443 pp, $7.95, Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1965.The jaded reader of anthologies will always be torn between the delight of meeting old friends and the disappointment of missing other equally valuable contributors. The reader who grew up drinking the milk of wisdom from psychoanalytic journals will be happy to welcome a fairly representative selection here, and the student of today will benefit from such guided tours through the literature. All essays show the year of the original publication, which helps in the historical orientation.In The Creative Imagination the two pioneers Ernst Kris and Hanns Sachs are represented, without whom any anthology would be unthinkable. Also represented is Melanie Klein with her thoughts about the relationship between creation and infantile anxiety. A relatively little-known essay of Otto Rank's is included, and then we find John Rickman's excellent essay on ugliness. The past is brought up to the present by Phyllis Greenacre's new look at the childhood development