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


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
ISBN: B0006ANGU0

Doubleday,Doran & co., inc. 1936

American Years
ISBN: B002BPJ42C

THE LITERARY GUILD, 1938. 1938

The port of New Orleans,
ISBN: B0007E3JRA

Doubleday, Doran & Company, inc. 1942

Illustrated with photos from 1942.

The Horse Soldiers
ISBN: 184158066X

Birlinn Ltd. 2001

This novel is a fictionalized account of one of the most daring cavalry raids of all time. Set during the American Civil War, it brings to life the Grierson Raid - the 17-day raid by a Union brigade through the heart of Confederate Mississippi.

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.