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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.


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

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 9780141031705. OCLC Number: 181068317

Penguin,. .

Oil has been struck in Southern California. Soon the landscape is carved up as the drilling begins. One man stands to profit from it - Mr. J. Arnold Ross, a kindly tycoon who gets rich by buying up land cheap and bribing public officials to get the work done quickly. But this brings him into conflict with his beloved son, Bunny whose growing sympathy with oilfield workers and socialist organizers fuels a running debate with his father. Meanwhile Bunny's childhood friend, Paul, has become involved in the unions, leading to a fateful clash with capitalist forces. Peopled by diverse characters from strike leaders to politicians, evangelist preachers to Hollywood starlets, the very rich to the very poor, Oil! is a humorous and compelling story of corruption and class warfare, idealism and friendship.--Jacket.

The coal war :
ISBN: 0870810677. OCLC Number: 2778466

Colorado Associated University Press,. .