Summary Of Erik Larson 's ' The Devil 's The Red Devil ' And ' Where Is The White City

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This lesson provides an overview of Erik Larson 's 2003 book “The Devil in the White City”, including a summary, an analysis of the book 's structure, and a discussion of the real-life individuals and events at the heart of the story.
!!!Who 's the Devil, and Where is the White City?

When Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese team up to make a big-budget movie based on your book, you know you 've arrived. This doesn 't happen to most nonfiction authors, but it 's happening to Erik Larson, best known for his 2003 book ' 'The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America ' '.

' 'The Devil in the White City ' ' is set in Chicago, Illinois in the early 1890s. The book entwines two true stories that, at first glance, don 't seem to have much to do with each other: First, the story of architect and urban planner, Daniel H. Burnham, who masterminded the 1893 World 's Fair in Chicago; second, the tale of Dr. H. H. Holmes, who has been called America 's first serial killer.

By now, you 've probably guessed that Holmes, who may have lured more than 200 people to their deaths in an elaborately-constructed building dubbed ‘The Murder Castle’, is the Devil of Larson 's title.

In honor of the World 's Fair, Chicago was decked out in temporary construction in a __neoclassical__ style (that is, inspired by the architecture of Classical antiquity). The Fair buildings were covered with white stucco. This, plus the still-novel streetlights that…

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