Edward Rothstein

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Edward Benjamin Rothstein (born October 16, 1952) is an American critic. Rothstein wrote music criticism early in his career, but is best known for his critical analysis of museums and museum exhibitions.

Rothstein holds a B.A. from Yale University (1973), an M.A. in English literature from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago (1994). In addition, Rothstein did graduate work in mathematics at Brandeis University. He was at the New York Times for a long time, but he took a buyout from the newspaper and joined the Wall Street Journal.

Rothstein was the cultural critic-at-large for The New York Times,[1] particularly examining the reach and depth of museums, large and small, one by one. He has worked as a music critic for The New Republic and as the chief music critic for the Times.

Rothstein is a two-time winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for music criticism, and was given a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1991.


  • Archive of Rothstein's New York Times articles
  • Archive of Rothstein's tech columns in New York Times
  • "Mozart: In Search of the Roots of Genius", Smithsonian, February, 2006.
  • "Contemplating Churchill", Smithsonian, March, 2005.
  • Visions of Utopia (New York Public Library Lectures in Humanities), with Herbert Muschamp and Martin E. Marty (Oxford University Press, 2004) ISBN 0-19-517161-6.
  • 1998 Diary in Slate
  • Emblems of Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics (Times Books, 1995).
  • Foreword to Arthur Loesser's Men, Women and Pianos: A Social History (1991).
  • Archive of Rothstein's essays 1979-90 in The New York Review of Books


  1. ^ Yoe, Mary Ruth, "Everybody's a critic". University of Chicago Magazine, February, 2004 (96:3). Listing for Vision of Utopia at the end of the UCM article appears to be incorrect; the corrected listing in this Wiki article is based on Amazon listing, picture of book cover at Amazon, and internal Wiki links.

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