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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Upton Sinclair  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: September 20, 1878 in Baltimore, Maryland

Died: November 25, 1968 in New Jersey

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Illinois Connection

Sinclair was most famous for his novel, "The Jungle" which caused a public uproar that contributed to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. He worked in the Chicago stockyards as research for this novel.

Biographical and Professional Information

Upton Sinclair studid at CUNY and Columbia, founded the California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and ran twice for Congress on the Socialist ticket. In 1905 he founded the Inter-Collegiate Socialist Society with Clarence Darrow, Jack London, Florence Kelly, Sinclair Lewis, and other writers and intellectuals. This organization later became the League for Industrial Democracy and finally the Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960's. In 1934, ran for Governor of California on his "End Poverty in California" (EPIC) program. By the time of His death, he had published over 90 works and several of his writings had been made into movies.


'The Jungle '

Pulitzer Prize for Novel, 1943

'Other Awards and Honors '

Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2015

Selected Titles At Your Library

King Midas :
ISBN: 9781911429128. OCLC Number: 974242523

Interactive Media :. .

It was that time of year when all the world belongs to poets, for their harvest of joy; when those who seek the country not for beauty, but for coolness, have as yet thought nothing about it, and when those who dwell in it all the time are too busy planting for another harvest to have any thought of poets; so that the latter, and the few others who keep something in their hearts to chime with the great spring-music, have the woods and waters all for their own for two joyful months, from the time that the first snowy bloodroot has blossomed, until the wild rose has faded and nature has no more to say.

ISBN: 1322646066. OCLC Number: 901218363

Trajectory, Inc.,. .

Oil! :
ISBN: 9780331168877. OCLC Number: 1066136996

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The flivver king :
ISBN: 9780882863573. OCLC Number: 173621017

Charles H. Kerr Pub. Co.,. .

The jungle :
ISBN: 1884365302. OCLC Number: 52278809

See Sharp Press,. .

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 machine
ISBN: 9781507635193. OCLC Number: 971497168

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The metropolis
ISBN: 155685384X. OCLC Number: 35034609

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The moneychangers /
ISBN: 1605209066. OCLC Number: 701369828

Cosimo Classics,. .

The profits of religion :
ISBN: 1440459355. OCLC Number: 615604451

Seven Treasures Publications,. .