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Hannah Arendt trained as a philosopher and spoke of philosophy as her first love. She became better known for her writings on modern history and political theory, in essays, monographs, and her famous or notorious reporting of the Eichmann trial.
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14 October 1906 HA was born in Linden near Hanover in Germany after a twenty-two-hour labour, weighing over three and a half kilos. She was an only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 February - 16 March 1963 Also this year, HA published serially in five New Yorker pieces her account of the trial for war crimes of Adolf Eichmann, which she had attended in 1961. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 19 May 1963 HA's account of the trial of war criminal Adolf Eichmann (fresh from its serialization in the New Yorker) appeared in volume form as Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 December 1975 HA died of a heart attack at her apartment on Riverside Drive in New York City, in her study-living-room, in the presence of friends to whom she had just served dinner and for whom she was now pouring coffee. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 February 1978 Mary McCarthy, HA's literary executor, edited and published "a handsome boxed set" Bibliographic Citation link. containing the first two volumes of The Life of the Mind, the final, uncompleted work in which Arendt returned to philosophy. Bibliographic Citation link.
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