Erik Larson (author)

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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 (2007)

Erik Larson (born January 3, 1954) is an American journalist and author of nonfiction books. He has written a number of bestsellers,[1] such as 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 also won the 2004 Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category, among other awards.

Early life[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, Larson grew up in Freeport, Long Island, New York.[2]

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.[2][3]



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 magazine, where he is still a contributing writer. His magazine stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, and other publications.[citation needed]


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:

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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Larson and his wife have three daughters. They reside in New York City as well as maintain a home in Seattle, Washington.[3]

He has lived in Philadelphia, Bristol, Pennsylvania, San Francisco, and Baltimore.[citation needed]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Erik Larson: Best-selling Author of In the Garden of Beasts". Erik Larson: The Books. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Erik Larson, 2003 National Book Award Finalist: Nonfiction, The National Book Foundation". 2003. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "About The Author - Erik Larson : Best-selling Author of In the Garden of Beasts". Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ Larson, Erik (1999). Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History. Random House Publishing. ISBN 0-609-60233-0. 
  5. ^ Larson, Erik (March 10, 2015). Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. Crown. ISBN 9780307408860.