Drue Heinz was a beloved literary philanthropist known for her work helping writers whenever she could. A member of the Heinz Family known for their food empire, she used her share of the family fortune to help fund many projects in the arts. She even went on to help fund the widely recognized literary magazine, Antaeus.
Using her money and the connections she made at Antaeus, she went on to start a publishing house che would call Ecco Press. When the publishing house first started, they could only afford to publish books that had long ago gone out of print. From there, the company began to grow as did her reputation.
Throughout her long life, Drue did everything she could to help writers and artists become the best versions of themselves. In the 1980’s, she purchased Hawthornden Castle and turned it into a writer’s retreat. She passed away in her beloved home on Friday, March 30, in her home in Lasswade, Scotland. Please keep the family of this beloved icon in your thoughts and prayers tonight!