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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Upton Beall Sinclair  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction History Non-Fiction Other Romance Science Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1878 in Baltimore, Maryland

-- Upton Beall Sinclair on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Upton Sincair worked undercover in Chicago meatpacking plants in 1904 as research for his famous 1906 novel "The Jungle" which first appeared in seralized form in the Socialist magazine APPEAL TO REASON. This novel influenced subsequent passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Federal Meat Inspection Act.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sinclair was the author of over 80 books, including 11 historical novels in the Lanny Budd Series. A socialist, many of his books dealt with the injustices of early 20th century industrial capitalism, the most famous of which is "The Jungle". In 1905 with Clarence Darrow, Jack London and other intellecutals he established the Intercollegiate Socialist Society which became the League for Industrial Democracy in the 1940'a and later evolved into the Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960's. While in California, he became a founding memeber of the California ACLU. He ran for U.S. Congress twice on the Socialist ticket in 1920 and 1922. In 1934 he ran for Governor of California on the Democratic ticket with the socialist conceived "End Poverty In California" platform. He received over 800,000 votes even though he lost the election. He continued writing and lived until 1968 when he died at the age of 90.

Published Works

    The Jungle: Original, Uncensored Edition, See Shop Press, 2003The Moneychangers, Casino Classics, 2009The Machine, General Books LLC, 2010The Metropolis, General Books LLC, 2010The Profits of Religion, Create Space, 2008The Naturewoman, General Books LLC, 2010The Fliv_ver King, Synergy International of the Americas, 2007King Coal, Kessinger Publishing LLC, 2010Oil, Amereon Ltd., 2008King Midas; A Romance, General Books LLC, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

The jungle :
ISBN: 1884365302. OCLC Number:

See Sharp Press,. Tucson, Ariz. :. ©2003.

The horrifying conditions in the meatpacking industry in the early 1900's are revealed through the experiences of immigrants as they try to make a living by working in the Chicago stockyards.

The moneychangers /
ISBN: 1605209066. OCLC Number:

Cosimo Classics,. New York :. ©2009.

Oil! :
ISBN: 0848823915. OCLC Number:

Amereon House,. [Mattituck, NY] :. [2007]

The flivver king :
ISBN: 1934568392. OCLC Number:

Synergy International of the Americas,. Dubuque, Iowa :. [2007]

"The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America is a novel by Upton Sinclair, published in 1937, that tells the intertwined stories of Henry Ford & a fictional Ford worker Abner Shutt."

Oil! :
ISBN: 0848823915. OCLC Number:

Amereon House,. [Mattituck, NY] :. [2007]


  • Pulitizer Prize 1942,
  • Dragon's Teeth (Lanny Budd Series)