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Erik Larson - 2016 Vive le Livre Speaker: Biography

Overview of the books of Eric Larson, critical commentary, interviews, biographical information and similar works in the genre.

Erik Larson Biographical Details


Born January 1, 1954, in Brooklyn, NY; married; wife's name Christine (a doctor); children: three daughters. Education: University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1976; Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, M.S., 1978. Addresses: Home: Seattle, WA; New York, NY. Agent: David Black, David Black Literary Agency, 335 Adams St., Ste. 2710, Brooklyn, NY 11201. E-mail:


Author, journalist, and teacher. Bucks County Courier Times, Levittown, PA, former reporter; Wall Street Journal, New York, NY, former feature writer; Time, New York, senior writer. Has taught nonfiction writing at San Francisco State University, Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, and University of Oregon.


National Book Award for nonfiction nomination, 2003, and Edgar Allan Poe Award, 2004, both for The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and the Madness at the Fair That Changed America; Best History & Biography Prize, Goodreads Choice Awards, 2015, for Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.



  • The Naked Consumer: How Our Private Lives Become Public Commodities, Holt (New York, NY), 1992.
  • Lethal Passage: How the Travels of a Single Handgun Expose the Roots of America's Gun Crisis, Crown (New York, NY), 1994, reprinted as Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun, Vintage (New York, NY), 1995.
  • Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, Crown (New York, NY), 1999.
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and the Madness at the Fair That Changed America, Crown (New York, NY), 2003.
  • Thunderstruck, Crown (New York, NY), 2006.
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, Crown (New York, NY), 2011.
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, Crown (New York, NY), 2014.


"Erik Larson." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2015. Literature Resource Center. Web. 21 July 2016.