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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Upton Sinclair  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1878 in Balitmore, Maryland

-- Upton Sinclair on WorldCat --

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.

Published Works

  • The Jungle: Original Uncensored Edition, See Sharp Press , 2003
  • The Moneychangers, Casimo Classics, 2009
  • The Machine, General Books LLC, 2010
  • The Metropolis, General Books LLC , 2010
  • King Coal, Kessinger Publishing LLC, 2010
  • Oil, Amerein Ltd, 2008
  • The Profits of Religion, Create Space, 2008
  • The Naturewoman, General Books LLC, 2010
  • King Midas; A Romance, General Books LLC , 2010
  • The Flivver King, Synergy International, 2007

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 profits of religion :
ISBN: 1440459355. OCLC Number:

Seven Treasures Publications,. Lexington, KY :. ©2008.

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."


The Jungle

  • Pulitzer Prize for Novel, 1943

    Other Awards

  • Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990
  • Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2015