Book Club Kit: The Devil in the White City

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
by Erik Larson
First Published: 2003
5 Copies & Reading Guide

The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 was one of the most spectacular exhibitions the world has ever seen. This is the story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked – an architect and a serial killer. The architect as Daniel H. Burnham, who created the White City, a magical landscape of white buildings set in a wonderland of canals and gardens. The killer was H.H. Holmes, a handsome young doctor with striking blue eyes, who used the attraction of the great fair – and his own devilish charms – to lure scores of young women to their death. Holmes would stroll through the fair at night, when an electric dynamo transformed it into an incandescent fairyland, with an unsuspecting victim on each arm. This is the story of the men and women whose lives were irrevocably changed by the Chicago World Fair, and of Burnham and Holmes.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Author Info, Book Summary, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions
Licking County Library Book Blog – Includes Discussion Questions

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