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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Upton Sinclair  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Fiction Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1878 in Balitmore, Maryland


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.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''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