Erik Larson

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General Information

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Name: Erik Larson

Pen Name: None

Born: January 1, 1954 in Freeport, Long Island, New York



Illinois Connection

Erik's book The Devil in the White City details the lost history of the 1893 Chicago's Wold Fair - an Illinois subject of interest.

Biographical and Professional Information

Larson is the author of The Devil in the White City which spent a number of weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Awards. The book tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction and HH Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a doctor. While the fair ushered in a new era in American history, Holmes marked the emergence of the serial killer. Many reviewers have praised the non-fiction book for its drama and for reading like a mystery thriller. The movie rights to the book have been sold and film production is expected to begin soon.

He is also the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestseller Isaac's Storm, the sotry of a devastating hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas in 1900. His other works include, Lethal Passage and The Naked Consumer. He is a former features writer for The Wall Street Journal and Time magazine, where he is still a contributing writer. His work has also appeared in a number of national magazines, including Harper's, The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly.

Please Note: Since Erik has not lived in Illinois, the only book of his is listed on the Illinois Authors Wiki is The Devil in the White City as it is the only book of his with an Illinois subject of interest. Please see his webpage to learn more about his other books.

Published Works

  • The Devil in the White City, Murder, Magic, and the Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Crown, 2003

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Literary Awards

  • The Devil in the White City won the 2004 Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category.
  • Erik Larson was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact publisher:

Random House

1540 Broadway

New York, New York 10036

External Links

Erik Larson on WorldCat

Erik Larson on Amazon

Erik Larson on Wikipedia

Erik Larson on Facebook

The Devil in the White City on Random House Website

Isaac's Storm on Random House Website


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