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This page is about the non-fiction author. For the comic book creator, see Erik Larsen; for the Disney animator, see Eric Larson. Erik Larson (born January 3, 1954) is an American journalist and author of mostly nonfiction books. He has written a number of bestsellers, including The Devil in the White City (2003), about the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and a series of murders by H. H. Holmes that were committed in the city around the time of the Fair. The Devil in the White City won the 2004 Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category, among other awards. Larson released his first fiction novel, in audiobook format only, titled No One Goes Alone on September 28, 2021. Early life and education Larson was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Freeport, Long Island, New York. He studied Russian history at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude in 1976. After a year off, he attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, graduating in 1978. He was inspired to go into journalism after seeing the movie All the President's Men. Writing career Larson's first newspaper job was with the Bucks County Courier Times in Levittown, Pennsylvania, where he wrote about murder, witches, environmental poisons, and other "equally pleasant" things. He later became a features writer for The Wall Street Journal and Time, where he is still a contributing writer. His magazine stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, and other publications. Books Larson has written a number of books, mostly historical nonfiction. In a 2016 interview with the Knoxville Mercury, Larson stated he does all of his own research, asking, "why should I let anybody else have that fun?" He also rejected the idea of trying to imagine or take factual liberties with scenes and conversations from the past, stating that in his work, "anything that appears in quote is something that came from a historical document." He included among his literary inspirations David McCullough, Barbara Tuchman, David Halberstam, and Walter Lord. Larson's 2006 book Thunderstruck intersperses the story of Hawley Harvey Crippen with that of Guglielmo Marconi and the invention of radio. Teaching and public speaking Larson has taught non-fiction writing at San Francisco State University, the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, and the University of Oregon, and he has spoken to audiences across the United States. Personal life Larson has lived in Philadelphia; Bristol, Pennsylvania; San Francisco; and Baltimore. He and his wife have three daughters. They reside in New York City and maintain a home in Seattle, Washington. Works Non-Fiction The Naked Consumer: How Our Private Lives Become Public Commodities. H. Holt. 1992. ISBN 0805017550. Lethal Passage: How the Travels of a Single Handgun Expose the Roots of America's Gun Crisis. Crown Publishers. 1994. ISBN 0517596776. Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History. Random House. 1999. ISBN 0-609-60233-0. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. Crown Publishers. 2002. ISBN 0-609-60844-4. Thunderstruck. Crown Publishers. 2006. ISBN 9781400080663. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. Crown Publishers. 2011. ISBN 9780307408846. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. Crown Publishers. 2015. ISBN 9780307408860. The Splendid and the Vile. Penguin Random House. 2020. ISBN 9780385348713.Fiction No One Goes Alone (Audiobook Only). Penguin Random House. 2021. ISBN 9780593557945.References External links Official website Interview at Identity Theory Interview on The Devil in the White City, Booknotes, 14 September 2003 Interview with Larson about In the Garden of the Beasts on NPR's Fresh Air (May 9, 2011) Appearances on C-SPAN C-SPAN Q&A interview with Larson about In the Garden of the Beasts, July 17, 2011. Discover the Erik Larson popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Erik Larson books.

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Isaac's Storm


At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion o...

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In the Garden of Beasts


Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.The time is 1933, ...

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Lethal Passage


This devastating book illuminates America's gun culture -- its manufacturers, dealers, buffs, and propagandists -- but also offers concrete solutions to our national epidemic of death by fir...

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Hrdina a hriešnik


V prvý deň nástupu Winstona Churchilla do úradu britského premiéra Hitler napadol Holandsko a Belgicko. Rozpadnuté Československo už bolo plne v moci nacistov a ich domácich prislu...

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The Splendid and the Vile


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Win...

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The Devil in the White City


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The true tale of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and the cunning serial killer who used the magic and majesty of the fair to lure his victims to...

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A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush.”In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crip...

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Dead Wake


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania

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Det praktfulla och det onda


Hyllad skildring av Churchill, London & motståndet under blitzen Vald till en av Årets bästa böcker av The New York Times, Time, Vogue, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, New York...

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Ďábel v Bílém městě MP3 Audiobook

Ďábel v Bílém městě


Píše se rok 1893 a na Chicago se upírají oči celého světa. Nikdo však netuší, že jen o pár ulic od bělostné nádhery Světové kolumbovské výstavy řádí jeden z nejstrašn...

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Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices (Unabridged)


Thirty-six of the most interesting writers in the Pacific Northwest came together for a week-long marathon of writing live on stage. The result? Hotel Angeline, a truly inventive novel th...

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