Upton Sinclair

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Date of Birth September 20, 1878
Place of Birth Baltimore, Maryland
Date of Death Nov 25, 1968 (90)
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Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. was an American writer who wrote nearly 100 books and other works in several genres. Sinclair's work was well known and popular in the first half of the 20th century, and he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943. In 1906, Sinclair acquired particular fame for his classic muck-raking novel The Jungle, which exposed labor and sanitary conditions in the U.S. meatpacking 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. In 1919, he published The Brass Check, a muck-raking exposé of American journalism that publicized the issue of yellow journalism and the limitations of the "free press" in the United States. Four years after publication of The Brass Check, the first code of ethics for journalists was created. Time magazine called him "a man with every gift except humor and silence".

Born: Upton Beall Sinclair Jr, September 20, 1878, Baltimore, Maryland, US
Died: November 25, 1968, Bound Brook, New Jersey, US
Occupation: Novelist, writer, journalist, political activist, politician
Alma mater: City College of New York
Notable works: The Jungle
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About Upton Sinclair

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Jungle, a muckraking work that exposed the unsanitary conditions and torturous treatment of workers in the meat-packing industry. His other literary works include the Lanny Budd and Sylvia novels.

Before Fame

He entered City College of New York shortly before his fourteenth birthday and penned magazine articles to pay for his tuition. He later studied law at Columbia University before working undercover in Chicago's meat-packing industry.

Achievement

His 1927 work, Oil!, was adapted into the screenplay for There Will Be Blood. The film starred actors Paul Dano and Daniel Day-Lewis.

Family Life

He had a son, David, with his first wife, Meta Fuller. He was married two more times: to Mary Craig Kimbrough (for nearly forty years) and to Mary Elizabeth Willis (for less than a decade).

Associations

He once worked with silent film star, Charlie Chaplin.

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