A Con v er sation w it h Erik Larson Anthony Aycock inter view Erik Larson began his career as a journalist--the Wall Street Journal, Time, Harper's, you name it. His first two books were in cultural studies. One was a critique of consumer marketing techniques, the other the tale--a prescient one--of a 1988 Virginia high school shooting. With his third book, Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History (1999), he found the genre we now know him for: narrative history. Since then, he has turned out four more best sellers. When you read an Erik Larson book, it doesn't matter that the events are mostly forgotten and the characters have been dead for decades. You feel as if the story is happening right now. Perhaps Larson's best-known book is The Devil in the White City (2003), the double-helix account of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and H. H. Holmes, who has been called "America's first serial killer." The book won an Edgar Award, was a National Book Award finalist, and spent over five years on various New York Times bestseller lists. Photo © Benjamin Benschneider Anthony Aycock conducted this interview in Raleigh,
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 2, 2016
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