Upton Sinclair

Upton Sinclair

California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual

eBook - 2013
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Had Upton Sinclair not written a single book after "The Jungle," he would still be famous. But Sinclair was a mere twenty-five years old when he wrote "The Jungle," and over the next sixty-five years he wrote nearly eighty more books and won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He was also a filmmaker, labor activist, women s rights advocate, and health pioneer on a grand scale. This new biography of Sinclair underscores his place in the American story as a social, political, and cultural force, a man who more than any other disrupted and documented his era in the name of social justice.

"Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual" shows us Sinclair engaged in one cause after another, some surprisingly relevant today the Sacco-Vanzetti trial, the depredations of the oil industry, the wrongful imprisonment of the Wobblies, and the perils of unchecked capitalism and concentrated media. Throughout, Lauren Coodley provides a new perspective for looking at Sinclair s prodigiously productive life. Coodley s book reveals a consistent streak of feminism, both in Sinclair s relationships with women wives, friends, and activists and in his interest in issues of housework and childcare, temperance and diet. This biography will forever alter our picture of this complicated, unconventional, often controversial man whose whole life was dedicated to helping people understand how society was run, by whom, and for whom."

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln : 2013
ISBN: 9781299706507
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages cm.)


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Jan 16, 2016

This is a good biography that describes his motivations, lifestyle while showcasing his work. While mostly glowing of Sinclair, it does include less fortunate aspects of his life-such as his first marriage and child-and how he dealt with those relationships. It makes a good jumping point for more reading. It also is an interesting look at California politics.

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