Erik Larson

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  • The Devil In The White City By Erik Larson

    The Devil in the White City by: Erik Larson Crown Publishing Group, 2003, and 447 The book "The Devil in the White City" is about the serial killer H.H. Holmes and the architect of the World's Fair Daniel H. Burnham. Who was Daniel H. Burnham? Burnham was a man who rose to prominence. In 1893 Chicago won the bid for the World's Exposition. The architects chosen were Burnham and his partner John Root, Burnham and John needed to build something to give their city a better reputation. Burnham ended facing many hardships along the way, it started when his partner John Root passed away due to Pneumonia when he was 41 years old. Now that Burnham was facing this alone he is facing, even more, problems, after he convinced the top 5 architects in the country their building designs were late, so there was fear of not finishing the buildings on time for the fair. There was fear of another cholera outbreak when the fair comes, there were protests when a company employed by the exposition to dig a drainage ditch hires Italian immigrants, and another problem Burnham faces is the limit of how much he can put on the soil, all of the buildings cleared the test but the heaviest and largest building. Burnham fears the potential of crime so he assigns a special police force for the fair's duration. The economy is slipping and now Burnham has to make cuts and even fire some of his workers. Burnham makes a speech to engineers hoping…

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  • Analysis Of The Devil In The White City By Erik Larson

    Erik Larson, the author of The Devil in the White City, was born on January 3, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. He studied Russian history at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated at the top of his class. One year later, Larson enrolled at another Ivy League School, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he graduated in 1978. After starting his career as a journalist for The Bucks County Courier Times in Pennsylvania, he worked for The Wall Street Journal, Time…

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  • Summary Of The Devil In The White City

    Erick Larson’s The Devil in the White City traces the period of chaos that took place in building the World’s Fair and the moment of pride that followed. Published in 2003 in New York, this book also displays the evil that worked behind all of the effort to expose America’s architecture to the world. In his book, Larson demonstrates America’s strive and desire to successfully host the 1893 World’s Fair. Larson tries to illustrate America’s stamina and endurance despite all of the troubles that…

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  • Juxtaposition In Devil In The White City

    inspiration to sing” (Larson 109.) In the book, The Devil in the White City, Burnham, an architect, is having many different struggles in building the World’s Fair by opening day, but after the many struggles he ends up making the fair a dreamland. At the same time, Holmes, the first serial killer, is luring young women into his hotel and killing them without getting caught; however, when he does eventually get caught he considers himself with having the devil inside of him. In The Devil in the…

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  • Juxtaposition The Devil In The White City

    In The Devil in the White City, a novel published in the year 2003, Erik Larson describes the greatness of both the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and one of America’s first serial killers, H.H. Holmes. In the novel, Larson uses juxtaposition, imagery, and repetition to emphasize the characteristics of good and evil for the reader. In his implementations of juxtaposition, Larson directly contrasts the characteristics of opposing elements. In his contrast between “the moral” and “the…

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  • Isaac's Storm Summary

    “Isaac’s Storm”, by Erik Larson, is a non-fiction historical narrative about the 1900 Galveston, Texas hurricane, “the most lethal hurricane this country has ever known. So far.” ( 1 In the book, Larson tells the story of Isaac Cline, the chief weather observer assigned to the Galveston, Texas weather station from 1891 to 1901. Mr. Larson, is a former “staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, and later a contributing writer for Time Magazine [who] has written articles…

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  • Devil In The White City

    The Devil in the White City is a true crime novel written by Erik Larson. The novel takes place during the late 19th century in Chicago, Illinois. The United States decided to host the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, also known as the World’s Fair, in honor of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the new world. St. Louis, New York, Washington DC, and Chicago all submitted bids to be the host city for the fair. By popular vote, Chicago was chosen to host the 1983 World’s…

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  • The Devil In The White City

    Aside from this, the author does spend a great deal of time focusing on just how many other great works and careers were inspired by the 1893 World’s Fair. For instance, “Walt Disney’s father, Elias, helped build the White City; Walt’s Magic Kingdom might well be a descendant” (Larson 373), and “the writer L. Frank Baum and his artist-partner William Wallace Denslow visited the fair; its grandeur informed their creation of Oz” (Larson 373). These two statements alone are just a couple of…

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  • Distractedness In In The Garden Of Beasts By Erik Larson

    Final Exam: Distractedness Erik Larson is the author of the book In the Garden of Beasts. In this book, he has let us witness the very beginning of Hitler’s Germany through the American ambassador to Germany and his family. In 1933 president Franklin Roosevelt was on the look for a new ambassador to Germany. He received many declines to the office and finally got someone to fill the office. He was a professor who had a passion for a book he was writing entitled Old South. Though reluctant to…

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  • Summary Of The Devil In The White City By Erik Larson

    In the non-fiction text The Devil in the White City, written by Erik Larson, several arguments are made throughout the book. In order to support these arguments, Erik Larson describes in detail the lives of those who impacted society while in Chicago, as well as using direct quotes from these characters who ranged in different ages, backgrounds, and careers. Throughout this nonfiction book, there was one prevalent argument being asserted, that the construction of the World's Fair distracted the…

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