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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Harold Sinclair  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1907 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Harold Sinclair on WorldCat --

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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Journey home

Doubleday,Doran & co., inc. 1936

American Years


The port of New Orleans,

Doubleday, Doran & Company, inc. 1942

Illustrated with photos from 1942.

The Horse Soldiers
ISBN: 184158066X

Birlinn Ltd. 2001

Rare book

The Cavalryman
ISBN: 9997408837

Harper & Brothers. 1958

The Cavalryman, 1958 1st Edition, by Harold Sinclair. Hardcover with dust jacket, 342 pages, published by Harper & Brothers.