Hannah Arendt (1907-1975) was a German-born American political scientist and philosopher. She was forced to leave Germany in 1933, after which she lived in Paris for eight years working for Jewish refugee organizations before immigrating to the United States in 1941. Her most famous philosophical works are The Origins of Totalitarianism and The Human Condition. Clara Winston(1921-1983) andRichard Winston (1917-1979) were celebrated American translators of German literature. Barbara Hahn is a professor emerita of German studies at Vanderbilt University. She has written and edited a number of books in German, collecting and commenting on Hannah Arendt's work and the life and correspondence of Rahel Varnhagen.
This book was written more than 40 years ago and the woman it deals with lived more than 170 years ago, but the story of Rahel Varnhagen survives the passage of time. -Lore Dickstein, The New York Times Arendt's insight into the psychology and the situation of pariah and parvenu is essential. -Kirkus Reviews If you know about Rahel Varnhagen, it's probably because of Hannah Arendt. -Talya Zax, Forward Reading Rahel Varnhagen today, I am startled to see that it is neither Jewishness nor womanness that holds my attention. What is striking now are the extraordinary similarities between Rahel's period and our own. . . . Seen against the disturbed and disturbing climate of a time, then as now, in which profound questions of self and world are being asked, Rahel's double portion of outsiderness cannot help but sound a deep note in the responsive reader. -Vivian Gornick, The Nation A veritable laboratory of Arendt's political thought. -Julia Kristeva, Hannah Arendt