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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

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

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: erik@eriklarsonbooks.com.

 
CAREER:

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.

 
AWARDS:

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.

 

WRITINGS:

  • 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.