UPTON SINCLAIR. Born : September 20, 1878 - Baltimore, Maryland Died: Nov. 25 - 1968, Bound Brook, New Jersey He taught himself to read at age 5. His father moved him and family to NY at the age of 10
Born: September 20, 1878 - Baltimore, Maryland
Died: Nov. 25 - 1968, Bound Brook, New Jersey
He taught himself to read at age 5.
His father moved him and family to NY at the age of 10
Went to New York City College at the age of 14 because of his academic achievements, then Columbia University for law, but never got his degree
*wrote in newspapers and magazines to pay for schooling*Basic Information
He was a socialist candidate for congress in 1906 in New Jersey.
In 1934, he ran for governor of California as a democrat, but lost
SOCIALISM WAS POPULAR
Inspired by Karl Marx and Frank Norris
Discussed problems (Sacco and Vanzetti trial)Basic Information Continued
Had dime novels and magazines by the age of 14
Lived in poverty, so was inspired to write boys’ stories at the age of 16When Did he Get Intersted?
Went to politics, then back to writing at age 21
Ran for governor of California as a Democrat, but lostAny Other jobs?
The 1906 meat packing industry was what the novel The Jungle was aboutMotives to write
A theme is a topic or concept that the author is trying to convey through words
The theme of The Jungle would be how horrific the 1906 meat industry wasThemes of the stories
Sinclair stood out from other authors because of his political views, his writing topics, his honesty, and his determination.
Made several unsuccessful bids for office under Socialist tickets
Held unpopular political views and beliefs
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it.”What Makes Sinclair Different
In 1904, Sinclair spent seven weeks in disguise political views, his writing topics, his honesty, and his determination
devoted his writing career to documenting and criticizing the social and economic conditions of the early twentieth century
he never gave up his activism
He caused President Roosevelt to suggest that congress should pass a law establishing the Food and Drug Administration to set up federal inspection standards for meatWhat makes sinclair different Cont.