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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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition
ISBN: 1884365302

See Sharp Press. 2003

Rare Book

The Moneychangers
ISBN: 1605209066

Cosimo Classics. 2009

Upton Sinclair won a Pulitzer Prize for his notorious 1906 novel *The Jungle,* a fictionalized account of the barbaric conditions of the men and women who worked in Chicago's meatpacking industry. And just as the horrific circumstances he exposed in that book more than a century ago appear to be recurring in our fast-food nation, so do those he highlights in his 1908 novel, the cautionary tale The Moneychangers. First published in 1908, this is the story of a small band of Wall Street players who plot to outmaneuver their rivals via financial schemes that sound all too familiar in today's chaotic economic environment: shell companies and creative accounting lure unwitting investors to prop up secretly bankrupt corporations, prompting a stock market crash, a bank run, and a dramatic rise in unemployment. As with The Jungle, this is based on real events-the Wall Street crash of 1907-and reads as startlingly prescient today, as the very crimes Sinclair strove to highlight plague society once again.

King Coal
ISBN: 1162669748

Kessinger Publishing, LLC. 2010

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

ISBN: 0848823915

Amereon Ltd. 2008

The basis for the movie There Will Be Blood. Based on the Teapot Dome scandal of the Harding administration, it is the story of Bunny Ross, the son of a wealthy California oil operator, who discovers that politicians are unscrupulous and that oil magnates are equally bad.

The Profits Of Religion
ISBN: 1440459355

CreateSpace. 2008

In this book, Sinclair attacks institutionalized religion as a "source of income to parasites, and the natural ally of every form of oppression and exploitation." Sinclair also questions the Catholic Church which despite having large system of charity, treats (in his view) the symptoms rather than the disease: they do not question the economic arrangements that make people poor. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Sinclair's multiple critiques, it is worthwhile to not ignore and to spend time reading his point of view.

The FLivver King: The Story of Ford-America
ISBN: 1934568392

Synergy International of the Americas, Ltd. 2007

This novel describes the working class day-to-day struggle for economic justice. The book was written in 1937 to aid the formation of the 'United Auto Workers' (UAW). It is a continuation of Sinclair's famous novel "The Jungle". Again,this novel depicts how alienated work not only brings degradation to workers, but is the motivation for resistance and finally revolt. Great balls of fire - Brothers! The novel turns out to be a historical documewnt of the first four decades of the 20th Century. The story is told from two conflicting views: That of Henry Ford and one of his workers. As we begin the 21st Century it is as important as ever for the American working and middle class to understand the roots of the American Labor Movement, especially the UAW. A must read for members of the UAW! A Collector's Edition.


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