Pen Name: None
Born: 1907 in Chicago, Illinois
Deceased: 1966 in Normal, Illinois
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.
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
Release Date: 1938
The port of New Orleans,
Release Date: 1942
The Horse Soldiers
Release Date: 2001-02
Release Date: 1958-06
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