Harold Sinclair

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General Information

Name: Harold Sinclair

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction

Born: 1907 in Chicago, Illinois

Deceased: 1966 in Normal, Illinois

Illinois Connection

Sinclair was born in Chicago and lived the majority of his life in Bloomington, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Harold Sinclair was born in Chicago and lived in Bloomington/Normal most of his life. He dropped out of Bloomington High School. In his 20's, he moved around and lived in Ocala, Florida and Chicago but returned to Bloomington to settle down to a life divided between work and late-night writing sessions in which he produced some great works of fiction.

Sinclair's lone best seller was "Horse Soldiers". It was a fictional account of Grierson's Raid, a Union cavalry advance deep into Confederate territory during General Ulysses S. Grant's 1863 Vicksburg campaign. The story was brought to the silver screen by John Ford and two of the era's biggest box office draws, John Wayne and William Holden.

Although "Horse Soldiers" was Sinclair's best-selling book, his most ambitious literary achievement was a semi-fictional trilogy -"American Years" (1938), "Years of Growth" (1940), and "Years of Illusion" (1941) - on early Bloomington history.

Published Works

Journey Home, Double Day, 1936

American Years, Literary Guild, 1938

Years of Growth, Literary Guild, 1940

Years of Illusion, Literary Guild, 1941

The Port of New Orleans, Double Day, 1942

Horse Soldiers, Birlinn, Limited, 1956

The Calvaryman, Harper, 1958

Titles at Your Library

American Years

Release Date: 1938

The port of New Orleans,

Release Date: 1942

The Horse Soldiers

ISBN: 184158066X
Release Date: 2001-02

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The Cavalryman

ISBN: 9997408837
Release Date: 1958-06

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Literary Awards

External Links

Harold Sinclair on WorldCat


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