Upton Sinclair

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Upton Sinclair
Upton Beall Sinclair Jr.jpg
BornUpton Beall Sinclair, Jr.
(1878-09-20)September 20, 1878
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedNovember 25, 1968(1968-11-25) (aged 90)
Bound Brook, New Jersey
OccupationNovelist, writer, journalist, political activist, politician
Notable worksThe Jungle
SpouseMeta Fuller (1902–11)
Mary Craig Kimbrough, (1913–61)
Mary Elizabeth Willis (1961–67)


Upton Beall Sinclair (September 20, 1878 – November 25, 1968) was a writer of many works from the United States. His most famous book, The Jungle from 1906, was about the American meat-packing industry.

Upton Sinclair had socialist political opinions. Most of Sinclair's books, including The Jungle, dealt with social injustice. He also wrote a book called Mental Radio where he claimed to have conducted telepathic experiments with his wife.

He wrote many other books. His book The Flivver King was about the Ford Motor Company. The Flivver King was written at the time when workers at Ford factories were trying to start a labor union. He wrote a series (many books in a row) with Lanny Budd as the main character. There were eleven (11) Lanny Budd books. The Lanny Budd books were about current events in the World at the time.

He later joined the Democratic Party and ran for governor of the state of California in 1934. He wanted California to start new businesses which would be run by the state government. This was to help people who were unemployed (did not have jobs) because of the Great Depression. He lost the election.

He retired in the town of Buckeye, Arizona.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Works by Sinclair at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by Upton Sinclair in audio format from LibriVox
  • Works by or about Upton Sinclair in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • The Jungle Department of American Studies, University of Virginia
  • The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest, Bartleby.com
  • Guide to the Upton Sinclair Collection Archived 2012-10-18 at the Wayback Machine, Lilly Library, Indiana University
  • Phelps, Christopher (26 June 2006), The Fictitious Suppression of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, History News network.
  • Upton Sinclair, "EPIC", Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco
  • "Upton Sinclair", American Writers: A Journey Through History, C-SPAN, archived from the original on 2015-05-09, retrieved 2015-01-13.
  • Upton Sinclair at Find a Grave