In this episode, we’ll discuss the life and work of Hannah Arendt.
Arendt is one of the most renowned political thinkers of the twentieth century, and her work has never been more relevant than it is today. Born in Germany in 1906, she published her first book at the age of 23 before turning away from the world of academic philosophy to reckon with the rise of the Third Reich. After the Second World War, Arendt became one of the most prominent – and controversial – public intellectuals of her time, publishing influential works such as The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Human Condition, and Eichmann in Jerusalem.
We’re joined today by Samantha Rose Hill, author of the 2021 biography Hannah Arendt and the forthcoming collection Hannah Arendt’s Poems. You can find her writing, interviews, lectures and contact information at samantharosehill.com.
Hill is interviewed by Nate King, Content and Communications Coordinator for the American Writers Museum.
This podcast is presented in conjunction with our new virtual exhibit, American Voices, which you can explore at NationOfWriters.org