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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 -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=upton+beall+sinclair


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.


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Titles At Your Library

The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition
ISBN: 1884365302

See Sharp Press. 2003

New

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.

Oil
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 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.

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.

Oil
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.