Upton Beall Sinclair Biography

Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr., was an American author who wrote nearly 100 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. It exposed 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. In 1919, he published The Brass Check, a muckraking 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." In 1943, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Sinclair ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Socialist, and was the Democratic Party nominee for Governor of California in 1934. His highly progressive campaign was defeated decisively. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Upton Beall Sinclair
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Writer, Journalist, Politician, Novelist, Author, Film Producer, Political activist
Date of Birth:
September 20, 1878
Astrological Sign:
Virgo
Date of Death:
November 25, 1968
Age at Death:
90
Marriages
Upton Beall Sinclair Timeline
  • 1906-06-30
    US Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act; these laws owe much to the expose journalism of the period (Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle' in particular)
  • 1943-05-03
    Pulitzer prize awarded to Upton Sinclair (Dragon's Teeth)
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