This page is about the non-fiction author. For the comic book writer, see Erik Larsen; for the Disney animator, see Eric Larson.
Erik Larson (born January 3, 1954) is an American journalist and author of nonfiction books. He has written a number of bestsellers, such as  (2003), about the The Devil in the White City 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 also won the 2004 Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category, among other awards.
Early life [ edit ]
Brooklyn, Larson grew up in Freeport, Long Island, New York. 
He studied Russian history at the
University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1976. After a year off, he attended the summa cum laude 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 
Journalism [ edit ]
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 and The Wall Street Journal , where he is still a contributing writer. His magazine stories have appeared in TIME magazine , The New Yorker , The Atlantic Monthly , and other publications. Harper's 
Erik Larson talks about
In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler's Berlin
on Bookbits radio.
Larson has also 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conversations from the past, stating that in his work, "anything that appears in quote is something that came from a historical document."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. 
Bibliography [ edit ]
Larson, Erik (1992). (1st ed.). H. Holt. The Naked Consumer: How Our Private Lives Become Public Commodities ISBN 0805017550.
Larson, Erik (1994). (1st ed.). New York: Crown Publishers. Lethal Passage: How the Travels of a Single Handgun Expose the Roots of America's Gun Crisis ISBN 0517596776.
Larson, Erik (1999). (1st ed.). Random House Publishing. Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History ISBN 0-609-60233-0. Concerns the experiences of Isaac Cline during the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. 
Larson, Erik (2002). (1st ed.). New York: Crown Publishers. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America ISBN 0-609-60844-4.
Larson, Erik (2006). (1st ed.). New York: Crown Publishers. Thunderstruck ISBN 9781400080663. Intersperses the story of Hawley Harvey Crippen with that of Guglielmo Marconi and the invention of radio.
Larson, Erik (2011). (1st ed.). New York: Crown Publishers. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin ISBN 9780307408846. Concerns William E. Dodd, the first American ambassador to Nazi Germany and his daughter. 
Larson, Erik (March 10, 2015). . Crown. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania ISBN 9780307408860. 
Teaching and public speaking [ edit ]
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 from coast to coast.
Personal life [ edit ]
Larson and his wife have three daughters. They reside in New York City and maintain a home in
Seattle, Washington. 
He has lived in
Philadelphia, Bristol, Pennsylvania, San Francisco, and Baltimore.
References [ edit ]
^ a b "Erik Larson: Best-selling Author of . In the Garden of Beasts" Erik Larson: The Books . Retrieved . May 25, 2012
^ a b "Erik Larson, 2003 National Book Award Finalist: Nonfiction, The National Book Foundation". NationalBook.org. 2003 . Retrieved . May 25, 2012
^ a b "About The Author - Erik Larson : Best-selling Author of In the Garden of Beasts". ErickLarsonbooks.com . Retrieved . May 25, 2012
^ a b c Everett, Matthew. " Q&A: Author Erik Larson." Knoxville Mercury, 16 March 2016.
^ Larson, Erik (1999). . Random House Publishing. Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History ISBN 0-609-60233-0.
^ Larson, Erik (March 10, 2015). . Crown. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania ISBN 9780307408860.
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