About Claudia Roth Pierpont

Claudia Roth Pierpont (CBA ’18) is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where she has written about the arts for more than twenty years. She has a Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance art history from New York University, and is the author of three books: Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World (2000), a collection of essays about women writers ranging from Hannah Arendt to Mae West; Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books (2013), an exploration of the life and work of Philip Roth; and American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, and One Great Building (2016), a collection of essays on American subjects including George Gershwin, Nina Simone, and the Chrysler Building.

City of the World

Pierpont is working on a history of the culture of New York City leading up to and through its glory years in the twentieth century — broadly speaking, the twenties through the seventies. The book concentrates on both institutions and individuals. Chapter subjects include the American Museum of Natural History, Duke Ellington and his band, the Museum of Modern Art, and New York City Ballet.