Claudia Roth Pierpont

  • * National Book Critics Circle Award nominee

Claudia Roth Pierpont is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she has written for more than twenty years on subjects ranging from Nietzsche and Machiavelli to Katharine Hepburn and the Chrysler building.  A collection of eleven of her New Yorker essays, Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World, was published in 2000.  Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, the book examines the lives and works of an immensely varied group of women writers, including Hannah Arendt, Gertrude Stein, Anaïs Nin, Ayn Rand, Margaret Mitchell and Zora Neale Hurston.  Her new book, Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in October 2013.  Pierpont holds a Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance art history from New York University.  She has been a professor of creative journalism at New York University, Columbia University, and Princeton University