About Anne C. Heller

About Anne C. Heller

Anne C. Heller is a magazine editor and journalist and the author of Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times and Ayn Rand and the World She Made. She is a former managing editor of The Antioch Review, fiction editor of Esquire and Redbook, and executive editor of the magazine development group at Condé Nast Publications.

She has been a visiting professor of literature at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York University Biographers Seminar and of Biographers International Organization.

She lives in New York City and Old Chatham, New York, with her husband, David de Weese, and her dog Ebenezer.

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Anne Heller has delivered dozens of talks and lectures on mid-twentieth-century American literature, issues in biography, the art and craft of editing, and the life and works of Ayn Rand and Hannah Arendt at the Cato Institute, the 92nd Street Y, the National Arts Club, the Harvard Club of New York, the New York Metropolitan Club, the Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts, the Los Angeles Historical Society, the Kansas City Public Library, the Museum of the City of New York, Boston Public Radio, WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show,” Bennington College, UCLA, the Columbia University School of the Arts, writers’ conferences, and other forums. She has taught undergraduate courses at Bennington College and in the New York University Department of Journalism.


After serving as managing editor of The Antioch Review in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Anne Heller moved to New York City and made a career in magazine publishing at Esquire, Redbook, Lear’s, and the Condé Nast Publications. It was while working on a prospective personal-finance magazine at Condé Nast that she first discovered the novels of Ayn Rand and decided to write a biography of the famous “philosopher-queen of the best-seller lists” and fierce proponent of American capitalism. She has written for Esquire, Vogue, Lear’s, and other publications, and continues to work as an editor of magazine start-ups and special magazine projects.



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