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When Chicago Went Classical

Andrew Saint: A serial killer and the World’s Fair

1 April 2004
Devil in the White City 
by Erik Larson.
Bantam, 496 pp., £7.99, April 2004, 0 553 81353 6
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... but the whole of American culture had been set back. A virus of respectability that was infecting a worn-out East Coast swept the entire fair, with ruinous consequences. So runs the old complaint. ErikLarson will have none of this. For him, the risks, the fears, the adrenalin and the suffering bound up in the making of the fair prove the worth of Chicago’s culture, whether it faced forward or ...

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