Upton Sinclair


Born
in Baltimore, Maryland, The United States
September 20, 1878

Died
November 25, 1968

Genre

Influences


Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). To gather information for the novel, Sinclair spent seven weeks undercover working in the meat packing plants of Chicago. These direct experiences exposed the horrific conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. The Jungle has remained continuously in print since its initial publication. In 1919, he published The Brass Check, a muckraking exposé of Am ...more

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The Jungle

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3.75 avg rating — 131,497 ratings — published 1905 — 2177 editions
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Oil!

3.71 avg rating — 5,464 ratings — published 1926 — 52 editions
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Dragon's Teeth I

3.71 avg rating — 498 ratings — published 1942 — 4 editions
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King Coal

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3.97 avg rating — 603 ratings — published 1917 — 178 editions
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World's End

4.07 avg rating — 840 ratings — published 1940 — 18 editions
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The Flivver King: A Story o...

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The Moneychangers

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Dragon's Teeth (World's End...

3.94 avg rating — 607 ratings — published 1942 — 20 editions
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Presidential Agent (The Lan...

4.29 avg rating — 231 ratings — published 1944 — 9 editions
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Between Two Worlds

4.25 avg rating — 322 ratings — published 1941 — 8 editions
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“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
Upton Sinclair, I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked

“I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.”
Upton Sinclair

“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.”
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Polls

September 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
  45 votes, 14.2%

The Secret History by Donna Tartt, 1992, 559 pgs
 
  34 votes, 10.7%

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, 1985, 324 pgs
 
  30 votes, 9.4%

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 1969, 448 pgs
 
  29 votes, 9.1%

Dubliners by James Joyce, 1914, 207 pgs
 
  26 votes, 8.2%

Sophie's Choice by William Styron, 1979, 562 pgs
 
  19 votes, 6.0%

 
  18 votes, 5.7%

 
  17 votes, 5.3%

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 1906, 335 pgs
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse, 1927, 256 pgs
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

Possession by A.S. Byatt, 1990, 555 pgs
 
  14 votes, 4.4%

 
  11 votes, 3.5%

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, 1913, 468 pgs
 
  11 votes, 3.5%

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, 1924, 225 pgs
 
  11 votes, 3.5%

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh, 1934, 308 pgs
 
  10 votes, 3.1%

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 1923, 127 pgs
 
  10 votes, 3.1%

The Street by Ann Petry, 1946, 435 pgs
 
  1 vote, 0.3%

Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks, 1953, 180 pgs
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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