The White City By Erik Larson

887 Words Apr 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Erik Larson’s literary nonfiction novel “The Devil in the White City” surrounds the events of the 1893 Columbian Exposition World’s Fair in Chicago. Larson does a magnificent job intertwining the lives of two men who were changed by the events of the fair. Daniel H. Burnham, the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World 's Fair and Dr. H. H. Holmes, the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. The purpose of this review is not only to summarize Larson’s fascinating and satisfying work which vividly portrays one of the last grand gasps of the nineteenth century, but to also evaluate his work as a writer while providing a critical analysis of his book.
As stated “The Devil in the White City” is a novel based on true events which I personally found intriguing since the way Larson conveys his writing makes it seem almost fictional. Larson’s novel focuses on two main characters Daniel H. Burnham and Dr. H. H. Holmes born Herman Webster Mudgett. Larson first introduces Burnham with the sentence "He was sixty-five years old and had become a large man. His hair had turned gray, his mustache nearly white, but his eyes were as blue as ever, bluer at this instant by proximity to the sea"(p.3). While reading the book we discover that Burnham was the architect who got contracted to build the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with John Root. Unfortunately, we also discover that John Root dies before the fair even begins construction, leaving all of…
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