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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Erik Larson  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

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

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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.

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Titles At Your Library

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
ISBN: 0375725601

Vintage. 2004

Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.


  • ''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.

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