The Red City By Erik Larson

2041 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 9 Pages
In 1893, America was intimidated by France’s nationalism celebrated during their 1889 World 's Fair and decided to celebrate themselves. On May 1st, the Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago to celebrate everything that America has held sacred since the beginning of time. In the sinister non-fiction novel The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, the haunting tale of the events that happened behind the scenes at the 1893 World’s Fair are recounted and used to analyze how society was impacted. The good reviews of this book help highlight the cultural importance of the 1893 World’s Fair, architect Daniel H. Burnham, and serial killer H.H. Holmes have on society today.

H.H. Holmes was brought up in a small town in New Hampshire and was projected to have a normal life, or so they had thought. Holmes was born as Herman Webster Mudgett on May 16th, 1861 in Gilmanton, NH (“H.H.” 1-2). Soon after he was born, their family moved to Chicago. He was very intelligent as a child and had a strong interest in medicine, when he was old enough, he went through the medical program at the University of Michigan (“H.H” 1). Holmes’ intelligence as a child made him isolated from others from a young age. Some also suggest that during medical school, while working on the cadavers in class, was when Holmes was turned on to his fascination with the dead. After completing medical school, Holmes returned to Chicago. Years after his successful career as a pharmacist had begun, “During the 1893…
Open Document