Sinclair, Upton Beall

   Born in Baltimore, Maryland, writer Upton Sinclair graduated from the City College of New York in 1897, briefly attended graduate school at Columbia University, and joined the Socialist Party of America in 1902. Challenged to write a novel about capitalism, Sinclair produced The Jungle in 1906, a study of immigrant life and work in Chicago, Illinois. The descriptions of meatpacking in the book helped secure the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act. Sinclair wrote more than 90 books, mostly works of social protest, including Cry for Justice (1915), King Coal (1917), Oil, (1927), and Boston (1928), dealing with the Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti murder case.
   Sinclair moved to California after World War I and ran for office as a socialist candidate several times. His greatest achievement in politics came in 1934 when his End Poverty in California movement and his book, I, Governor of California, and How I Ended Poverty (1933), won him the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination. Sinclair’s proposed program of production for use not profit had great appeal. However, a well-financed opposition orchestrated by the largely Republican-owned press led to his defeat, although his campaign helped push the New Deal to the left. Sinclair retired from politics but continued to write, producing such political novels dealing with the rise of Adolf Hitler and fascism as It Can’t Happen Here (1935), which was turned into a dramatic production by the Federal Theater Project; the 1943 Pulitzer Prize-winning Dragon’s Teeth (1942) and the 11-volume Lanny Budd series. The last book in the series, The Return of Lanny Budd (1953), dealt with America’s anti-Soviet position during the Cold War. He published The Autobiography of Upton Sinclair in 1962.
   See also Literature.

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  • Sinclair,Upton Beall — Sin·clair (sĭn klârʹ, sĭng ), Upton Beall. 1878 1968. American writer and reformer. His concern with social justice is apparent in his novels, including The Jungle (1906) and Boston (1928). * * * …   Universalium

  • Sinclair, Upton (Beall) — (20 sep. 1878, Baltimore, Md., EE.UU.–25 nov. 1968, Bound Brook, N.J.). Novelista estadounidense. Mientras se ganaba la vida como periodista, se le encargó hacer un reportaje que lo llevó a escribir La jungla (1906), una novela sensacionalista en …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Sinclair, Upton (Beall) — born Sept. 20, 1878, Baltimore, Md., U.S. died Nov. 25, 1968, Bound Brook, N.J. U.S. novelist. He was supporting himself as a journalist when an assignment led him to write The Jungle (1906), a best selling muckraking exposé of conditions in the… …   Universalium

  • Sinclair, Upton Beall —    см. Синклер, Эптон …   Писатели США. Краткие творческие биографии

  • Sinclair, Upton — ▪ American novelist in full  Upton Beall Sinclair   born Sept. 20, 1878, Baltimore, Md., U.S. died Nov. 25, 1968, Bound Brook, N.J.  American novelist and polemicist for socialism and other causes; his The Jungle is a landmark among naturalistic …   Universalium

  • Upton Beall Sinclair — noun United States writer whose novels argued for social reform (1878 1968) • Syn: ↑Sinclair, ↑Upton Sinclair • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author …   Useful english dictionary

  • Upton Sinclair — Infobox Writer name = Upton Sinclair birthdate = birth date|1878|9|20|mf=y birthplace = Baltimore, Maryland deathdate = death date and age|1968|11|25|1878|9|20|mf=y deathdate = death date and age|1968|11|25|1878|9|20 deathplace = Bound Brook, New …   Wikipedia

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  • Upton Sinclair — noun United States writer whose novels argued for social reform (1878 1968) • Syn: ↑Sinclair, ↑Upton Beall Sinclair • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author * * * Upton Sinclair …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sinclair — noun 1. United States writer whose novels argued for social reform (1878 1968) • Syn: ↑Upton Sinclair, ↑Upton Beall Sinclair • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author 2. English electrical engineer who founded a company that introduced many… …   Useful english dictionary

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