Hannah Arendt - Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth - Yale University Press


Hannah Arendt

For Love of the World, Second Edition

  • Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
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"An exemplary biography of one of the leading intellectual luminaries among the Jews from Germany who emigrated to this country in the wake of the Nazi rise to power. . . . Equally at home is discussing philosophical issues, offering psychological reflections, and simply recounting the life struggles of an immigrant and her community, the author has shared with us a portrait that will contribute greatly to our understanding of the century through which we have lived."—from the citation for the 1982 Kenneth B. Smilen Present Tense Award for the best book in Biography/Autobiography (on the earlier edition)

"Elisabeth Young-Bruehl's Hannah Arendt is to be commended for its impressive mastery of twentieth-century central European history and its keen perception of the way events and philosophical probings coalesced in this displaced intellectual. The intimate exploration of Arendt's life and friendships illuminates the importance of her contribution to twentieth-century American thought, both through her writings and through her strong personal presence."—YUP Governor's Award citation (on the earlier edition)

Winner of the 1983 Alfred Harcourt Prize Award for Biography and Memoirs

Nominated for the 1983 National Jewish Book Award in History

This highly acclaimed, prize-winning biography of one of the foremost political philosophers of the twentieth century is here reissued in a trade paperback edition for a new generation of readers. In a new preface the author offers an account of writings by and about Arendt that have appeared since the book’s 1982 publication, providing a reassessment of her subject’s life and achievement.

Praise for the earlier edition:

“Both a personal and an intellectual biography . . . It represents biography at its best.”—Peter Berger, front page, The New York Times Book Review

“A story of surprising drama . . . . At last, we can see Arendt whole.”—Jim Miller, Newsweek

“Indispensable to anyone interested in the life, the thought, or . . . the example of Hannah Arendt.”—Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

“An adventure story that moves from pre-Nazi Germany to fame in the United States, and . . . a study of the influences that shaped a sharp political awareness.”—Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch

Cover drawing by David Schorr

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, who now practices as a psychoanalyst in New York City, is on the faculty of the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.