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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

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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

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


Paid his parents a regular income by 17 years old

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


He was very young

Had dime novels and magazines by the age of 14

Lived in poverty, so was inspired to write boys’ stories at the age of 16

When Did he Get Intersted?


Gave his life to writing at a young age

Went to politics, then back to writing at age 21

Ran for governor of California as a Democrat, but lost

Any Other jobs?


The 1906 meat packing industry was what the novel The Jungle was about

Motives 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 was

Themes 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

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 meat

What makes sinclair different Cont.


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