Upton Sinclair

Author Upton Sinclair Full Name: Upton Sinclair [Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr.]
Nationality: American

Profession: Author
Why Famous: Known for writing nearly 100 books in many genres.

He is most famous though for his classic 1906 muckraking novel, "The Jungle" about the U.S. meat packing industry.

The book caused a public uproar and contributed to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act.

Born: September 20, 1878
Star Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Died: November 25, 1968 (aged 90)

Married Life

  • 1913-04-12 Author Upton Sinclair (34) weds writer Mary Craig (31)
  • 1961-10-14 Author Upton Sinclair (83) weds Mary Elizabeth Willis

Historical Events in the Life of Upton Sinclair

  • 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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