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The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America / Erik Larson.

Larson, Erik, author. (Author).
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  • 27 of 36 copies available at SC LENDS. (Show)
  • 5 of 7 copies available at Florence County Library System.

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3 current holds with 36 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Florence - Johnsonville Branch 364.15 Larson (Text) 33172002871182 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Florence - Lake City Branch 364.15 Larson (Text) 33172003465505 Adult Non-Fiction Checked out 06/12/2018
Florence - Main Library 364.15 Larson (Text) 33172002828125 Adult Non-fiction Available -
Florence - Main Library 364.15 Larson (Text) 33172004506885 Adult Non-fiction Checked out 04/04/2018
Florence - Olanta Branch 364.15 Larson (Text) 33172004167852 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Florence - Pamplico Branch 364.15 Larson (Text) 33172004023998 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Florence - Timmonsville Branch 364.15 Larson (Text) 33172004250682 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0609608444
  • ISBN: 9780609608449
  • ISBN: 096571134X
  • ISBN: 9780965711340
  • ISBN: 0375725601
  • ISBN: 9780375725609
  • Physical Description: xi, 447 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2003]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [423]-429) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Evils imminent -- Prologue, aboard the Olympic -- Frozen music -- An awful fight -- In the white city -- Cruelty revealed -- Epilogue, the last crossing.
Summary, etc.:
Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair's brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country's most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his "World's Fair Hotel" just west of the fairgrounds, a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake. The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before. Erik Larson's gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.
Target Audience Note:
1170L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader UG 9.2 23 106685
Awards Note:
Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Adult Nonfiction -- Nominee (2004) ; Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Fact Crime -- Winner (2004) ; National Book Award for Nonfiction -- Finalist (2003) ; Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award for Regional Books -- Winner (2004) ; Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award for Grades 9-12 -- Nominee (2006-2007)
Subject: Mudgett, Herman W., 1861-1896.
Burnham, Daniel Hudson, 1846-1912.
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
Chicago World's Fair (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
Serial murderers > Illinois > Chicago > Biography.
Serial murders > Illinois > Chicago > Case studies.
Architects > Illinois > Chicago > Biography.
Chicago (Ill.) > History > 19th century.
Genre: True Crime.
Topic Heading: Book Club BCL
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