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Books by Hannah Arendt (listed chronologically)

  • Der Liebesbergriff bei Augustin. Berlin: J. Springer, 1929.  English translation edition, Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott and Judith Chelius Stark, eds., Love and Saint Augustine. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
  • Sechs Essays. Heidelberg: L. Schneider, 1943.
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1951. Third edition, with new prefaces, New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966, 1968, 1973.
  • The Human Condition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958. German edition Vita activa oder von tätigen Leben, Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 1960.
  • Karl Jaspers: Reden Zur Verleihung des Friedenpreises des Deutschen Buchhandels. Munich: Piper, 1958.
  • Rahel Varnhagen: Lebensgeschichte einer deutschen Jüdin aus der Romantik. Munich: Piper, 1959. English translation Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewish Woman. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974.
  • Between Past and Future: Six Exercises in Political Thought. New York: Viking Press, 1961Revised edition, including two additional essays, 1968.
  • Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. New York: Viking Press, 1963.Revised and enlarged edition, 1965.
  • On Revolution. New York: Viking Press, 1963. Revised second edition, 1965.
  • Men in Dark Times. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1968.
  • On Violence. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1970.
  • Walter Benjamin-Bertolt Brecht: Zwei Essays. Munich: Piper, 1971.
  • Crises of the Republic. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1972.
  • The Jew as Pariah: Jewish Identity and Politics in the Modern Age. Edited with an Introduction by Ron H. Feldman. New York: Grove Press, 1978.
  • The Life of the Mind. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. Two volumes of an uncompleted work, posthumous publication edited by Mary McCarthy.

Selected Biographies, Articles, Critical Editions, Interviews, and Other Related Works

  • Albrecht, Tobias. Handeln und Kritik. Politik-und Gesellschaftstheorie nach Arendt und Adorno. Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag, 2022.
  • Arendt, Hannah. “Foreword to Carl Heidenreich’s Exhibition Catalogue,” in Reflections on Literature and Culture, ed.by Susannah Young-ah Gottlieb. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007, pp.203–205.
  • Arendt, Hannah. Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview and Other Conversations. Brooklyn: Melville House, 2013.
  • Arendt, Hannah. Kritische Gesamtausgabe, eds. Wout Cornelissen, Thomas Bartscherer, and Anne Eusterschulte, Vol. 14 of Complete Works: Critical Edition. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2024.
  • Arendt, Hannah. The Modern Challenge to Tradition: Fragmente eines Buchs, eds. Barbara Hahn, James McFarland, et al. Vol. 6 of Complete Works: Critical Edition. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2018.
  • Arendt, Hannah. Rahel Varnhagen: Lebensgeschichte einer deutschen Jüdin, ed. Barbara Hahn. Vol. 2 of Complete Works: Critical Edition. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2021.
  • Arendt, Hannah. Sechs Essays: Die Verborgene Tradition, eds. Barbara Hahn, Barbara Breysach and Christian Pischel. Vol. 3 of Complete Works: Critical Edition. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2019.
  • Arendt, Hannah. “We Refugees” (1943), in The Jewish Writings, eds. Jerome Kohn and Ron H. Feldman. New York: Schocken Books, 2007, pp.264–265
  • Bair, Barbara. “New Hannah Arendt By the People Crowdsourcing Transcription Campaign Launched for Jewish American Heritage Month” Unfolding History: Manuscripts at the Library of Congress. Guest blog edited by Elizabeth Novara. Posted May 10, 2022.
  • Bair, Barbara. “The Poetic Hannah Arendt: A Conversation with Arendt Researcher Samantha Rose Hill.” From the Catbird Seat: Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress. Guest blog post edited by Anne Holmes. Posted June 14, 2021.
  • Benhabib, Selya, Roy T. Tsao, and Peter J. Verovsek, eds. Politics in Dark Times: Encounters with Hannah Arendt. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Benhabib, Seyla. The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1996.
  • Berkowitz, Roger. "The Human Condition Today: The Challenge of Science." Arendt Studies 2 (2018): 17-24.
  • Berkowitz, Roger. "Reconciling Oneself to the Impossibility of Reconciliation: Judgment and Worldliness in Hannah Arendt’s Politics." In Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Hannah Arendt's Denktagebuch, ed. by Berkowitz Roger and Ian Storey, 9-36. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.
  • Berkowitz, Roger, Jeffrey Katz, and Thomas Keenan, eds. Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics.  New York: Fordham University Press, 2010.
  • Berkowitz, Roger, and Ian Storey, eds. Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Hannah Arendt's Denktagebuch External.New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.
  • Bernstein, Richard J.  Why Read Hannah Arendt Now. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2018.
  • Bernstein, Richard J. "Are Arendt's Reflections on Evil Still Relevant?" The Review of Politics 70, no. 1 (2008): 64-76.
  • Bernstein, Richard J. “The Illuminations of Hannah Arendt.” The New York Times (June 20, 2018).
  • Bernstein, Richard J. "Reflections on Radical Evil: Arendt and Kant." Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 85, no. 1/2 (2002): 17-30.
  • Birmingham, P. Hannah Arendt and Human Rights: The Predicament of Common Responsibility, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.
  • Bormuth, Matthias. Life Conduct in Modern Times : Karl Jaspers and Psychoanalysis. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, c. 2006.
  • Brightman, Carol, ed.  Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, 1949-1975. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1995.
  • Butorac, S. K.  “Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, and the Politics of Love.” Political Research Quarterly. 71, no. 3 (2018): 710-721. 
  • Canovan, Margaret. Hannah Arendt: A Reinterpretation of her Political Thought. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
  • Cavarero, Adriana. Surging Democracy: Notes on Hannah Arendt’s Political Thought. Translated by Matthew Gervase. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2021.
  • Courtine-Denamy, Sylvie. Three Women in Dark Times: Edith Stein, Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil, or Amor Fati, Amor Mundi. Translated from the French by G. M. Goshgarian.  Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2000.
  • Heller, Anne Conover. Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
  • Hill, Samantha Rose. “Walter Benjamin’s Last Work.”  Los Angeles Review of Books (December 9, 2019). https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/walter-benjamins-last-work/ External
  • Hill, Samantha Rose.  Critical Lives: Hannah Arendt.  London: Reaktion Books/Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021.
  • Honig, Bonnie, ed.  Feminist Interpretations of Hannah Arendt.  University Park, Penn.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.
  • King, Richard H.  Arendt and America.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
  • Knott, Marie Luise, ed. The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
  • Kohler, Lotte, ed. Within Four Walls: The Correspondence between Hannah Arendt and Heinrich Blücher, 1936-1968. Translated from German by Peter Constantine.  New York: Harcourt, 2000.
  • Kohler, Lotte, and Hans Saner, eds. Hannah Arendt/Karl Jaspers Correspondence, 1926-1969. Translated from German by Robert and Rita Kimber. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992.
  • Kohn, Jerome. “The World of Hannah Arendt.” Library of Congress Information Bulletin (March 2001). Available online.
  • Kohn, Jerome, ed. Hannah Arendt, Essays in Understanding, 1930-1954: Formation, Exile and Totalitarianism. New York: Schocken Books, 1994.
  • Kohn, Jerome, ed.  Hannah Arendt, Thinking Without a Banister: Essays in Understanding 1953-1975. New York: Schocken Books, 2018.
  • Kohn, Jerome, and Ron H. Feldman, eds.  Hannah Arendt: The Jewish Writings. New York: Schocken Books, 2007.
  • Kristeva, Julia. Hannah Arendt. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.
  • Ludz, Ursula, ed. Letters, 1925-1975: Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. Translated from the German by Andrew Shields. Orlando: Harcourt, 2004.
  • Markell, Patchen. “Arendt’s Work: On the Architecture of The Human Condition.” College Literature 38, no. 1 (Winter 2011): 15–44.
  • Markell, Patchen. “Politics and the Case of Poetry: Arendt on Brecht.” Modern Intellectual History 15, no. 2 (August 2018): 503–533.
  • Markell, Patchen. “The Rule of the People: Arendt, Archê, and Democracy.” American Political Science Review 100, no. 1 (February 2006): 1–14.
  • McQueen, Rob. “A Full-Text Search Tool for the Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library of Congress.” External Amor Mundi online newsletter of the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, July 29, 2021.
  • Power, Samantha.  ‘The Lesson of Hannah Arendt.” New York Review (April 29, 2004). Available online External.
  • Power, Samantha. “Introduction” to Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism. New York: Schocken Books, 2004.  Reprint of 1st ed. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1951.
  • Rebentisch, Juliane. Der Streit um Pluralität - Auseinandersetzungen mit Hannah Arendt. Berlin Suhrkamp Verlag, 2022.
  • Swift, Simon.  Hannah Arendt. London and New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • Valter, Miguel E.  Living Law: Jewish Political Theology from Hermann Cohen to Hannah Arendt. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.
  • Villa, Dana.  Arendt. Abingdon, Oxon, and New York: Routledge, 2021.
  • Villa, Dana, ed.  The Cambridge Companion to Hannah Arendt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 
  • Watson, David. "Hannah Arendt and the American Republic." Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 28, no. 3 (1992): 423-65.
  • Wild, Thomas. Nach dem Geschichtsbruch: Deutsche Schriftsteller um Hannah Arendt. Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2009.
  • Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth. Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.  Second edition, 2004.

Documentary and Feature Films

  • Hannah Arendt.  Biographical drama. Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Starring Barbara Sukowa as Hannah Arendt and Janet McTeer as Mary McCarthy. New York: Zeitgeist Films, 2018.
  • Hannah Arendt: On Walter Benjamin.  Documentary film. Directed by Michael Blackwood. January 1968 lecture by Arendt at the Goethe House in New York. In German, with simultaneous English audio translation.
  • Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt.  Documentary film. Directed and written by Ada Ushpiz. Intuitive Pictures/AU Films, 2015.