Upton Sinclair is the Maryland Writers’ Association November Notable Maryland Author.
Sinclair (Sept. 20, 1878 — Nov. 25, 1968) was born in Baltimore but moved with his family to New York when he was a child. When he was a teenager, he began writing brief bits for newspapers and magazines.
He is known for his affiliation with socialism and for writing “The Jungle,” published in 1906. It was his sixth novel and was an exposé of the awful working conditions of the Chicago meatpacking industry. His intent was to show how socialism and unions were the answer to poor living, working and social conditions. Most readers focused on the depiction of unsafe food production, creating an uproar that resulted in the major changes to national regulations on food preparation.
“The Jungle” earned Sinclair enough money to establish the Helicon Home Colony, a socialist community in New Jersey. It only lasted about a year.
Sinclair remained committed to social causes and to exposing the dangerous effects of capitalism in realistic fiction, essays and various other writings.
In 1915, he moved to California, where he ran unsuccessfully for public office several times, including for governor. While there, he wrote “The Brass Check,” a systematic and incriminating critique of the severe limitations of the “free press” in the United States.
In 1953, Sinclair moved to Arizona, where he continued to write books, finally completing “The Autobiography of Upton Sinclair.”
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