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Upton Sinclair (1878–1968)

Author of The Jungle

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About the Author

Upton Sinclair, a lifelong vigorous socialist, first became well known with a powerful muckraking novel, The Jungle, in 1906. Refused by five publishers and finally published by Sinclair himself, it became an immediate bestseller, and inspired a government investigation of the Chicago stockyards, show more which led to much reform. In 1967 he was invited by President Lyndon Johnson to "witness the signing of the Wholesome Meat Act, which will gradually plug loopholes left by the first Federal meat inspection law" (N.Y. Times), a law Sinclair had helped to bring about. Newspapers, colleges, schools, churches, and industries have all been the subject of a Sinclair attack, analyzing and exposing their evils. Sinclair was not really a novelist, but a fearless and indefatigable journalist-crusader. All his early books are propaganda for his social reforms. When regular publishers boycotted his work, he published himself, usually at a financial loss. His 80 or so books have been translated into 47 languages, and his sales abroad, especially in the former Soviet Union, have been enormous. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Upton Sinclair

The Jungle (1906) 11,776 copies, 129 reviews
The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition (1906) 2,124 copies, 40 reviews
Oil! (1927) 1,367 copies, 24 reviews
World's End (1940) 323 copies, 10 reviews
Dragon's Teeth (1942) 311 copies, 6 reviews
A World to Win (1946) 254 copies, 2 reviews
King Coal (1917) 171 copies, 1 review
Dragon Harvest (1945) 136 copies
Between Two Worlds (1941) 135 copies, 4 reviews
Wide is the Gate (1943) 129 copies
The Jungle (Norton Critical Editions) (1989) 126 copies, 1 review
The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America (1974) 125 copies, 1 review
Presidential Agent (1944) 113 copies
The Moneychangers (1908) 112 copies
The Millennium (2000) 108 copies, 1 review
The Profits of Religion (1917) 107 copies
One Clear Call (1948) 104 copies, 1 review
The Cup of Fury (1956) 98 copies, 2 reviews
Presidential Mission (1946) 95 copies
O Shepherd, Speak! (1949) 82 copies, 3 reviews
Mental Radio (1991) 75 copies
The return of Lanny Budd (1953) 74 copies, 1 review
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 2 (2020) — Contributor — 72 copies
Jimmie Higgins (1919) 56 copies, 1 review
The Metropolis (2004) 56 copies
They Call Me Carpenter (1922) 43 copies, 1 review
The Gnomobile (1936) 41 copies
The Fasting Cure (1955) 31 copies, 2 reviews
The Book of Life (1922) 25 copies
Samuel the Seeker (2007) 23 copies, 1 review
The Machine (2004) 23 copies, 2 reviews
Mountain City (1993) 21 copies, 2 reviews
Love's Pilgrimage (1911) 19 copies
The Wet Parade (1931) 16 copies, 2 reviews
Boston, Volume 1 (1928) 16 copies
Sylvia's Marriage (1914) 16 copies
August 22nd, (1965) 16 copies
Co-op : a novel of living together (1936) 15 copies, 1 review
A Prisoner of Morro (1898) 14 copies, 1 review
Boston, Volume 2 (1928) 12 copies
Theirs be the Guilt (1960) 10 copies
The Second-Story Man (2010) 9 copies
The Spokesman's Secretary (1985) 9 copies
Little steel (1938) 9 copies
Roman Holiday (1931) 8 copies
The Naturewoman (2007) 8 copies, 1 review
Prince Hagen (1999) 7 copies, 1 review
What Didymus did (1954) 7 copies
The overman (2018) 7 copies
King Midas: A Romance (2007) 6 copies
Sylvia : romaan (1913) 6 copies
The Jungle (Annotated) (2017) 5 copies
Our Lady (2007) 5 copies, 1 review
The Pot Boiler (2011) 5 copies
Money writes! (1970) 5 copies
Plays of Protest (1970) 4 copies
The Secret Life of Jesus (1952) 4 copies
Affectionately, Eve (1961) 4 copies
Bunny Ross : social roman 4 copies, 1 review
My lifetime in letters (1960) 4 copies
In The Jungle (2012) 3 copies
Depression island (1935) 3 copies
World's End, Vol. 2 (2001) 3 copies
Kan Dökülücek (2016) 3 copies
Three Plays 2 copies
Marie Antoinette : a play (1939) 2 copies
Dragon's Teeth II (1705) 2 copies
El gnomóvil (1988) 2 copies
La giungla (2011) 1 copy
Presents William Fox (1933) 1 copy
FORD 1 copy
World's End, Vol. 1 (2010) 1 copy
Kömür Krali (2022) 1 copy
Weltende 1 copy
Presidential Agent 2 (2001) 1 copy
Pamela 1 copy
Kenilworth 1 copy

Associated Works

Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker (2001) — Contributor — 716 copies, 6 reviews
There Will Be Blood [2007 film] (2007) — Original book — 340 copies, 6 reviews
This Is My Best (1942) — Contributor — 190 copies
The Fantastic Pulps (1975) — Contributor — 71 copies, 2 reviews
I Was Hitler's Doctor (1942) — Foreword, some editions — 49 copies
The Jungle [graphic novel] (2018) — Contributor — 42 copies, 2 reviews


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1001 Group Read - November, 2012: The Jungle in 1001 Books to read before you die (November 2012)


Well that was unexpected. A thorough political narrative that, for me, took an unexpected route. I found it somewhat frustrating and much wished for a sense of justice in the in, which, I suppose, is up to the reader to find.
LaPhenix | 128 other reviews | Jul 8, 2024 |
Functions as more of a political treatise of sorts rather than a straightforward narrative, which exposes the ill-treatment of low-wage workers, particularly cheated immigrants, in early 20th century America. Through the medium of a tragic fable, Sinclair strives to represent Capitalism at its worst, and with bitter and explicit detail, sheds light on the injustice and evils that would be potentially concealed by the untrained eye. He advocates the cause of Socialism in its place and he makes a remarkably convincing argument for the undecided.

Personally, I found the story itself too tedious and predictable, and the characters a bit cold and detached; too much of a cautionary tale to make for a pleasurable read (like Black Beauty or The Red Pony for people). Nonetheless, the book is well-written with a sense of poignancy, and the concepts are both significant and inspiring.
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TheBooksofWrath | 128 other reviews | Apr 18, 2024 |
Entertaining and an interesting (albeit sarcastic?) description of the life of a would-be millionaire in the 1920s. However, I was confused by the plot: it doesn't follow the hero's journey or other story arc structure; instead it is an almost linear narration of events without much conflict. The conflicts that do happen are relatively minor and don't impede the main character in any way. I guess the main focus is the slow corruption of the main character, without much opposition from or interaction with other parties.

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jd7h | 1 other review | Feb 18, 2024 |
This book has forever changed how I feel about immigrants and how they were treated.
LuLibro | 39 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |



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