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              1921 portrait of Upton Sinclair by Edwin Gledhill

Upton Sinclair was a muckraking author, a socialist leader, and a candidate for governor of California.
He wrote over 90 books (fiction & non-fiction & children's), 29 plays, and scads of stories & articles.

         "The shriek was followed by another, louder and yet more agonizing . . . One by one the men hooked up the hogs and slit their throats. There was a line of hogs with squeals and lifeblood ebbing away . . . until at last each vanished into a huge vat of boiling water (some still alive). The hogs were so innocent. They came so very trustingly. They were so very human in their protests. They had done nothing to deserve it."
         — from Upton Sinclair's 1906 book "The Jungle"

"American capitalism is predatory, and American politics are corrupt: The same thing is true in England and the same in France; but in all these three countries the dominating fact is that whenever the people get ready to change the government, they can change it."
— in "Letter to John Reed" (22 October 1918)

"Human beings suffer agonies, and their sad fates become legends; poets write verses about them and playwrights compose dramas, and the remembrance of past grief becomes a source of present pleasure - such is the strange alchemy of the spirit." — in "Dragon's Teeth" [1942 novel]

"Fascism is capitalism plus murder." — in "Presidential Agent" [1944 novel]

"Journalism is one of the devices whereby industrial autocracy keeps its control over political democracy; it is the day-by-day, between-elections propaganda, whereby the minds of the people are kept in a state of acquiescence, so that when the crisis of an election comes, they go to the polls and cast their ballots for either one of the two candidates of their exploiters."

"The private control of credit is the modern form of slavery."

"You don't have to be satisfied with America as you find it. You can change it. I didn't like the way I found America some sixty years ago,
and I've been trying to change it ever since."

signature of Upton Sinclair

              Upton Beall Sinclair was born 20 September 1878 in Baltimore, MD. His family moved to New York City in 1888. He later stated that the contrast between the poverty caused by his father's alocoholism and the wealth of his grandparents is what turned him into a socialist. Extremely intelligent, he entered college at age 14; he wrote stories and sold them to newspapers & magazines, making enough to get his own apartment at 17 while also helping support his parents.
              Upton's first five books (1901-06) did not sell well. He read avidly and was influenced by Frank Norris ("The Octopus" 1901), other 'muckraking' journalists, and the burgeoning socialist movement. The editor of the socialist journal Appeal to Reason commissioned Upton to write a book about immigrant workers in the Chicago meat packing houses, providing a $500 advance; "The Jungle" was serialized in the magazine in 1905. Several publishers rejected the book, so Upton decided to publish it himself. After a magazine ad brought in 972 pre-publication orders, Doubleday was convinced to publish the book in 1906.
              "The Jungle" was a staggering success. President Theodore Roosevelt is said to have read it in a day; he invited Upton to the White House and Roosevelt helped pass the Pure Food and Drugs Act and the Meat Inspection Act (both 1906). While Upton's classic pro-labor exposé novel brought him international fame and passage of landmark legislation, little was changed for the workers in the meat-packing plants, which was his intention.

              In September 1905, Upton helped form the Intercollegiate Socialist Society with Jack London, Clarence Darrow & Florence Kelley. Upton's first political campaign, for Congress in New Jersey (on the Socialist ticket) failed. He used some of his book royalties to establish a socialist community at Eaglewood, New Jersey (one of the members was Sinclair Lewis); the experiment lasted four months, when the facility was burned down by opponents.
              Upton moved to Croton-on-Hudson, New York in 1914, a community of radicals that included Max Eastman & John Reed. Upton argued for U.S. participation in the War in Europe, while others opposed that action; Upton split with the Socialist Party over the issue. He moved to Monrovia, near Pasadena, California in 1916. After the passage of the draconian Espionage Act of 1917, Upton took on the cause of war protestors, including Eugene V. Debs, who were imprisoned for sedition.

              Upton continued writing after World War I, including an admission that he had been wrong in his pro-war position. Anarchist hysteria reigned in the early 1920s. Labor strikers were accused of being Communists (or Wobblies), and the police often used Ku Klux Klan thugs to break up peaceful demonstrations. Upton asked the City of Los Angeles to allow a public meeting at the harbor, where 600 dockworkers on strike had been jailed; he was refused permission. On 15 May 1923, Upton climbed up 'Liberty Hill' above San Pedro Harbor, and began reading the Bill of Rights to the assembled crowd; the police chief arrested him. Upton's brother-in-law began to read from the Declaration of Independence; he was arrested. A third man was also arrested; a fourth man arose and commented on the weather, for which he too was arrested.
              Local officials held the four incommunicado for 18 hours, then tried to rush court proceedings and deny the men bail. But somebody tipped off Upton's lawyer, who arranged their release. A week later, Upton again climbed Liberty Hill and spoke before a crowd of 5,000; he was not arrested. That same day, the citizens of Los Angeles formed the Southern California branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. The next day, all but 28 of the 600 striking dockworkers were released from jail; charges against Upton and his fellows were quietly dropped.

              In 1926, Upton re-joined the Socialist Party and ran for governor of California. In 1934, he left the Socialist Party permanently and proposed the E.P.I.C. program [End Poverty in California], which won him Democratic Party backing for another race for governor, against Republican Frank F. Merriam. The Sinclair campaign was leading in the polls until M.G.M. produced bogus newsreel footage linking Sinclair with radicals & communists & anarchists, and distributed them in the weeks just before the election (the first such election tactic in history); Sinclair lost.
              In 1940, Upton began writing a series of 11 novels about Lanny Budd, all of which were successes; he won the Pulitzer Prize for The Novel in 1943 for "Dragon's Teeth". In 1953, he moved to windswept Buckeye, Arizona. In 1967, President Johnson invited Upton, then wheelchair-bound, for another visit to the White House, to witness signing of the strict Wholesome Meat Act.

              Marriage in 1900 to Meta Fuller, produced a son, David; they were divorced in 1911. Marriage to Mary Craig Kimbrough in 1913 lasted until her death in 1961. A third marriage, to Mary Elizabeth Willis, ended at her death in 1967.
              Upton Sinclair died on 25 November 1968 at age 90.

Upton Sinclair entry at Wikipedia
Upton Sinclair's movie credits [1914-2007] at Internet Movie Database

Primary Novels by Upton Sinclair
Upton Sinclair catalog at Amazon

"Art For Social Justice: The Major Novels of Upton Sinclair" [1988] by R.N. Mokerjee

"The Jungle: The Lie of The American Dream" [1906]
"What Uncle Tom's Cabin did for black slaves, The Jungle has a large chance to do for the white slaves of today."
Jack London [1876-1916]

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Sinclair investigated conditions at the meat-packing plants and slums of Chicago and decided that the best way to expose the situation was with a novel.
The book was published in February 1906 by Doubleday, Page & Company and caused a sensation; within months, President Theodore Roosevelt got laws
passed establishing health & sanitation standards for meat processors. Sinclair was disappointed that the labor & personal health issues were not addressed,
and later commented that he "aimed at the public's heart and by accident hit its stomach."

B&N Classics pb [9/2003] for $4.95
Bantam Classics pb [10/81] for $5.95
Chelsea House 9¼x6¼ pb [7/2002] for $14.67
Chelsea House 9½x6¼ hardcover [12/2001] for $37.95
Turtleback Books 7¼x4 library hardcover [8/2001] for $11.16
Globe Fearon ABR audio [12/95] for $26.90
Blackstone UNABR audio [10/94] for $78.94
Norton Critical Edition, edited by Clare Virginia Eby
W.W. Norton 8¾x6¾ pb [12/2002] for $12.10

available as free online etext at Internet Archive
available as free digital ebook at Internet Archive

The Jungle  
graphic novel edition: adapted & drawn by Peter Kuper
ComicsLit 11¾x7¾ hardcover [9/2004] out of print/used
Classics Illustrated graphic novel edition: adapted & drawn by Peter Kuper
Papercutz hardcover [2010] out of print/used
Jungle: Uncensored   "The Jungle: Uncensored Original Edition" [1906]
See Sharp Press pb [4/2003] for $10.09

Lost First Edition [1988], edited by Gene Degruson
St. Lukes Press 8¾x6¼ pb [10/88] out of print/many used

"The Jungle: A Melodrama in Four Acts" [April 1907 Broadway flop] written by Margaret Mayo & Upton Sinclair
"The success of a drama lies primarily in the manuscript. No accident, no acting, and no stage management could make of The Jungle
anything but an empty, conventional, and ineffective piece." — The Theatre Magazine, June 1907
bare entry on the Internet Broadway Database

"The Jungle" [All Star Feature Film Corp. May 1914]
The Jungle 1914 silent feature film  "Featuring George Nash & Gail Kane and the author - 210 astounding scenes, 5 daring acts" • Directed by George Irving, Jack Pratt & co-producer Augustus E. Thomas; written by Benjamin S. Kutler & Margaret Mayo, based on the novel by Upton Sinclair; starring George Nash, Gail Kane, Julia Hurley, Robert Cummings, Alice Marc, Robert Paton Gibbs, Clarence Handyside, E.P. Evers & Upton Sinclair
{this film is considered lost}full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Money Changers" [1908]
The Money Changers 1908 novel by Upton Sinclair  A novel about the Wall Street Panic of 1907, a financial disaster brought on
deliberately by powerful banking barons intent upon the ruin of their rivals.

Kindle Edition from Public Domain Books [6/2004 edition] for FREE!
Dodo Press 8¾x5¾ pb [10/2007] for $1.50 {sic}
Aegypan 9x6 hardcover [9/2006] for $24.95


"The Money Changers" silent feature film [Pathé Exchange Oct 1920] /tt0011475/

"King Coal: A Novel of The Colorado Coal Country" [1917]
King Coal by Upton Sinclair  A fictional version of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre in Colorado
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [2008] for FREE {sic}
Aegypan 9x6 pb [1/2007] for $15.95
BiblioBazaar 8x5 pb [9/2006] for $16.99
Kessinger Publng 9x7½ pb [6/2004] for $24.28
Bantam Classic pb [7/94] out of print/used
Aegypan 9x6 hardcover [12/2006] for $29.95
book entry at Wikipedia

"The Coal War: A Sequel To King Coal" [1976]
The Coal War novel 1976 sequel to Upton Sinclair's 1917 "King Coal" novel   Univ Press of Colorado hardcover [6/76] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia

"Oil!: A Novel" [1927]
Oil! by Upton Sinclair   A fast-paced tale of the 1920s oil boom in Southern California
Penguin 7¾x5½ movie tie-in pb [12/2007] for $10.20
Univ CA Press 8x5½ pb [4/97] out of print/used
Bentley hardcover [6/79] out of print/used
There Will Be Blood movie poster  
There Will Be Blood movie poster  
"There Will Be Blood" feature film [Paramount Vantage/Miramax Dec 2007]
A wealthy oilman meets his match when he tries to cheat a Texas family headed by a blowhard preacher.
Co-produced, 'loosely adapted' & directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel "Oil!"; starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ciarán Hinds & Dillon Freasier; won Oscars for Best Actor (DDL) & Best Cinematography, Oscar noms for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script Adaptation, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing & Best Art Direction; also won ASC, ADG, BAFTA Best Actor (plus 8 BAFTA noms), Berlin Silver Bear & SAG Best Actor awards, and DGA, PGA & WGA noms
Paramount widescreen color DVD Spcl Collector's Edition [4/2008] 2 disks for $21.99
Paramount widescreen color DVD [4/2008] for $15.99
27"x40" fire poster from Amazon for $19.99
11"x17" fire poster from Amazon for $14.99
27"x40" face poster from Amazon for $19.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"Boston: A Documentary Novel {of the Sacco-Vanzetti Case}"
[Haldeman-Julius Publns 1928]
Boston by Upton Sinclair  A Boston brahmin who is the widow of the ex-governor becomes involved in
the social and political turmoil created by the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti.

Bentley Publrs 9x6 pb [12/78] out of print/used
Bentley Publrs 9x6 hardcover [12/78] for $49.95
Bentley Publrs 9¼x6½ hardcover [12/78] out of print/used

more info on Spirit of America Bookstore's Sacco & Vanzetti Page

"The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America" [1937]
Flivver King by Upton Sinclair  "[This] book was instrumental in the formation of the United Auto Workers' Union."
Charles H. Kerr Publg 8¾x6½ pb [3/84] out of print/used
Charles H. Kerr Publg pb [1/87] out of print/used

Other Fiction by Upton Sinclair

Adventure Stories, 1898-1961

"A Prisoner of Morro: In The Hands of The Enemy" [Street & Smith 1898 novel]

"The Fighting Squadron: A Rattling Good Naval Story" story [Street & Smith 1898]

"A Gauntlet of Fire" story [Street & Smith 1899]

"Holding The Fort: or, Where Death's Volleys Poured" story [Street & Smith 1899]

writing as Ensign Clarke Fitch, USN
"Courtmartialed" story [1898]
"Saved By The Enemy" story [Street & Smith 1898]
"A Soldier Monk" story [Street & Smith 1899]
"A Soldier's Pledge" story [1899]
"Wolves of The Navy" story [1899]

"Bound For Annapolis: or, The Trials of A Sailor Boy" [David Mckay 1903 dime novel]
"Clif, The Naval Cadet" [1903 dime novel]
"The Cruise of The Training Ship: or, Clif Faraday's Pluck" [1903 dime novel]
"From Port To Port: or, Clif Faraday In Many Waters" [1903 dime novel]
"A Strange Cruise: or, Clif Faraday's Yacht Chase" [1903 dime novel]

"Springtime and Harvest: A Romance" [1901], reissued same year as "King Midas: A Romance"

dime novels written as Lieut. Frederick Garrison, USA
"Off For West Point: or, Mark Mallory's Struggle" [1903 dime novel]
"The West Point Rivals: or, Mark Mallory's Stratagem" [1903 dime novel]
"A Cadet’s Honor" [1903 novel]
"A West Point Treasure: or, Mark Mallory's Strange Find" [1903 novel]
"On Guard: or, Mark Mallory's Celebration" [1903 novel]

"The Journal of Arthur Stirling" [1903]

"Manassas: A Novel of The War" [1904], reissued in 1959 as "Theirs Be The Guilt"

"A Captain of Industry: The Story of A Civilized Man" [1906]

"The Overman" [1907]

"The Metropolis" [1908]

"Samuel The Seeker" [1910]

"Love's Pilgrimage" [1911]
unpublished sequel "Love's Progress"

"Sylvia: A Novel" [1913] written by wife Mary Craig Sinclair who asked Upton to publish it under his name

"Sylvia's Marriage: A Novel" [1914]

"Damaged Goods: The Great Play Les Averiés of Eugène Brieux" [John C. Winston 1913]
Novelized with the permission of the author by Upton Sinclair

"Damaged Goods" [Criterion Pictures / Grand National May 1937]
based on Sinclair's novelization of the Brieux stageplay; co-produced & directed by Phil Goldstone

"Jimmie Higgins: A Story" [1919]

"Jimmie Higgins" b&w sound feature film [Russia Oct 1928] /tt0336299/

"100%: The Story of A Patriot" [1920]

"The Spy" [1921]

"They Call Me Carpenter: A Tale of The Second Coming" [1922]

Millenium / Comedy  
"The Millenium: A Comedy of The Year 2000"
[1924 novel based on 1907 play]

Seven Stories Press 8¼x5½ pb [4/2000] for $12.48
official booksite

"Mountain City" [1930 novel]

The Wet Parade book by Upton Sinclair  "The Wet Parade: A Novel" [Farrar & Rinehart 1931]
The Tarleton & Chilcote families are damaged by alcoholism over thirty years time, both before and during Prohibition.
Farrar & Rinehart hardcover [1931] out of print/used
'publd by author' 9x6½ hardcover [1931] out of print/used
poster for 'The Wet Parade' 1932 M.G.M. feature film  "The Wet Parade" feature film [M.G.M. March 1932]
Narrower plot: when Maggie Chilcote & Kip Tarleton fall in love, they work together to rid both their families of  'demon rum' • Produced & directed by Victor Fleming; starring Dorothy Jordan, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton, Emma Dunn, Frederick Burton, Reginald Barlow, John Larkin, Gertrude Howard, Robert Young, Walter Huston, Jimmy Durante, Wallace Ford & Myrna Loy
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"The Book of Love" [1934]

"CO-OP: A Novel" [1936]

"No Pasarán!" [1937]

"Our Lady" [1938]

"Little Steel" [1938]

"Another Pamela" [1950]

"What Didymus Did" [1954]

"It Happened To Didymus" [1958]

"Theirs Be The Guilt: A Novel of The War" [1959] reissue of "Manassas" [1904]

"Affectionately, Eve: A Novel" [1961]
Epistolary tale, circa 1900, of a Southern belle who is sent to New York to find the best sculptor to make a bronze statue dedicated to
the Women of the Confederacy.

"The Golden Scenario" novella [written 1936, published posthumously]

Children's Book by Upton Sinclair

'The Gnomobile' children's book by Upton Sinclair  "The Gnomobile: A Gnice Gnew Gnarrative With Gnonsense, But Gnothing Gnaughty"
[1936, 1962] by Upton Sinclair, Illustrated by J.O'H. Cosgreaves

A twelve-year old girl is traveling by car to visit her grandfather, a lumber tycoon in Washington State, with her mother and an uncle. Stopping at a redwood forest, she meets two gnomes, possibly the last of their kind, and agrees to help them seek other gnomes among the coastal forests, which are threatened by logging interests.
Tempo mass pb [1966] out of print/scarce
Grosset & Dunlap mass pb [1966] out of print/scarce
Farrar & Rinehart 7x4 hardcover [1936] out of print/used
'Gnome-Mobile' feature film from Disney  "The Gnome-Mobile" feature film [Disney July 1967]
Two children visiting the redwood forests of Northern California meet a 2-foot-high gnome who is desperate to find a suitable bride to please his 943-year-old grandfather; matters get risky when a sleazy showman sees the gnomes and tries to capture them to put on display • Directed by Robert Stevenson; adapted by Ellis Kadison from the book by Upton Sinclair; starring Walter Brennan {dual role}, Matthew Garber, Karen Dotrice, Richard Deacon, Tom Lowell, Sean McClory, Ed Wynn, Jerome Cowan, Charles Lane
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. color DVD [3/2004] for $9.67
Disney Studios color VHS [3/2004] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official teaser trailer [0:29] at YouTube
'The Gnome-Mobile' novelization by Mary Carey  
"The Gnome-Mobile" authorized novelization [1967] by Mary Carey
Whitman 7½x5½ hardcover [1967] out of print/used

Lanny Budd Novels Series by Upton Sinclair
              Between 1940 and 1953 Sinclair wrote 11 novels about an American named Lanny Budd that, read in sequence, detailed much of the political history of the Western world in the first half of the XXth Century. Though almost totally forgotten today, they were all bestsellers upon publication and were published in 21 countries.
              The third book in the series, "Dragon's Teeth", won the Pulitzer Prize for The Novel in 1943.
              Starting in 2001, small publisher Simon Publications reprinted all of the Lanny Budd 'World's End' novels {in 22 volumes} & several other Upton Sinclair works.

"World's End" [#1 = 1940]
The story of Lanny Budd, a young American in Europe from 1913 to 1919.

"Between Two Worlds" [#2 = 1941]
Lanny's life in Europe from the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 to the Crash of 1929, against a background of
international conferences, high society yacht cruises, and the rise of Mussolini & Hitler.

"Dragon's Teeth" [#3 = 1942]
Dragon's Teeth 1942 by Upton Sinclair  The rise of Hitler & the Nazi Party in Germany, from the 1929 stock market crash to the 1934 'Blood Purge'; won the Pulitzer Prize for The Novel in 1943.
Buccaneer hardcover [6/92] for $12.89
"Dragon's Teeth - Part I"
Simon Publns 9x6 pb [7/2001] for $29.95
"Dragon's Teeth - Part II"
Simon Publns 9x6 pb [7/2001] for $29.95

"Wide Is The Gate" [#4 = 1943]
1934-37: From the Nazi Blood Purge to the Spanish Civil War. Lanny joins the German underground
and mascarades as an international arts dealer.

"Presidential Agent" [#5 = 1944]
1937-38: As war clouds gather in Europe, Lanny becomes a special agent of President Roosevelt.

"Dragon Harvest" [#6 = 1945]
1938-40: Right after Munich & Dunkirk, President Roosevelt sends Lanny to Berchtesgaden
to seek out Hitler's plans to invade Britain.

"A World To Win" [#7 = 1946]
1940-42: Lanny interviews Stalin in Russia, meets with Hess in Scotland,
and witnesses the Japanese assault at Hong Kong.

"Presidential Mission" [#8 = 1947]
1942-43: President Roosevelt sends Lanny to North Africa and behind the lines in embattled Germany.

"One Clear Call" [#9 = 1948]
1943-44: President Roosevelt sends Lanny to Italy, where he discovers plots on Hitler's life
and learns about Germany's development of rockets & the atom bomb.

"O Shepherd, Speak!" [#10 = Viking 1949]
O Shepherd, Speak! 1949 by Upton Sinclair  1944-45: Lanny's adventures include the Battle of the Bulge, the Yalta Conference, President Roosevelt's death, the A-bomb test at Trinity, and the Nuremberg Trials.
Viking hardcover [1949] out of print/used
"O Shepherd, Speak! - Part I"
Simon Publns 9x6 pb [7/2001] for $29.95
"O Shepherd, Speak! - Part II"
Simon Publns 9x6 pb [7/2001] for $29.95

"The Return of Lanny Budd" [#11 = 1953]
1946-49: Lanny confronts the threat to world peace from the tyrannical Communist regimes of Stalinist Russia and Maoist China.

Non-Fiction by Upton Sinclair

"The Industrial Republic: A Study of The America of Ten Years Hence" [1907]

"Good Health and How We Won It" [1909] with M. Williams

"The Fasting Cure" [1911]

"The Sinclair-Astor Letters" [1914]

"The Cry For Justice: An Anthology of The Literature of Social Protest" [1915] Edited by Upton Sinclair

"The Profits of Religion: An Essay In Economic Interpretation" [1917]

"The Brass Check: A Study of American Journalism" muckraking attack on 'yellow journalism' [1919]

"The Book of Life: Volume 1 - Mind and Body" [1921]
"The Book of Life: Volume 2 - Love and Society" [1922]

Goose Step / Upton Sinclair  "The Goose Step: A Study of American Education" [1923]
by Upton Sinclair

"a scathing attack on business domination of education"
Kessinger 9x6 pb [8/2004] for $25.71

"The Goslings: A Study of The American Schools" [1924]

"Mammonart" [1925]

"Letters To Judd, An American Working Man" [1926]

"Money Writes: Essays" [1927]

"Mental Radio: Studies In Consciousness" [1930]

"Roman Holiday" [private edition + Farrar & Rinehart 1931]

"American Outpost: A Book of Reminiscences" [1932]

"Candid Reminiscences" [1932]

"Upton Sinclair Presents William Fox" bio [self-publd 1933]

"We, People of America - and How We Ended Poverty: A True Story of The Future" [1933]

"I, Governor of California - and How I Ended Poverty" [1933]

"The EPIC Plan for California" [1934]

"I, Candidate For Governor - and How I Got Licked" [1935]

"EPIC Answers: How To End Poverty In California" [1935]

"What God Means To Me" [1936]

"Terror In Russia?" [1938]

"Expect No Peace" [1939]

"Letters To A Millionaire" [1939]

"Upton Sinclair Anthology" [1947]

"Limbo on the Loose" [1948]

"A Personal Jesus" [1952]

"The Cup of Fury" [1956]

Stageplays  by  Upton  Sinclair

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"Prince Hagen: A Drama in Four Acts" stageplay [1903]
"Prince Hagen: A Phantasy" [1910 novel]

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"The Jungle: A Melodrama in Four Acts" [April 1907 Broadway flop]
written by Margaret Mayo & Upton Sinclair
bare entry on the Internet Broadway Database

"The Machine" stageplay in 3 acts {1911]

"The Naturewoman" stageplay in 4 acts [1912]

"The Second-Story Man" stageplay [1912]

"Plays of Protest: The Naturewoman, The Machine, The Second-Story Man, Prince Hagen" [in book form in 1912]

"The Pot Boiler: A Comedy in Four Acts" [1913]

"The Millenium" [1907 stageplay]
Playscript was shopped around after 1907 and never produced; all copies are lost; Sinclair reconstructed
a novel version in 1924, with additional material (book is listed above).

"Hell: A Verse Drama and Photo-Play" [1924]

"Singing Jailbirds: A Drama in Four Acts" [1924]

"Bill Porter: A Drama of O. Henry In Prison" [1925]

"Singing Jailbirds: A Play in Three Acts" Broadway stageplay [Dec 1928 - Feb 1929]
written by Upton Sinclair • ran for 79 performances • credits at Internet Broadway Database

best available cover for Depression Island book by Upton Sinclair  
"Depression Island" stageplay [self-publd 1935] by Upton Sinclair
'Published by the author' in Pasadena, California; cover price $1.00
T.W. Laurie 9x6 hardcover [1935] out of print/scarce
"Wally For Queen" [1936]

"Marie Antoinette" [1939]

"A Giant's Strength" [1948]

"The Enemy Had It Too: A Play in Three Acts" [1950]

Movies & Television,  Other  Media

17" wide by 11" high Upton Sinclair classroom print [2006?] for $9.95 from Amazon

"Upton Sinclair on CD-ROM" [15 books, 3 plays]
B&R Samizdat Express CD-ROM [6/2003] for $19.00
publisher's product page

"The Adventurer" silent feature film [Feb 1917] /tt0007614/
Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, based on a Sinclair novel {which one?}

"¡Que Viva Mexico!" unfinished project [1932] as producer

"Thunder Over Mexico" [1933] as producer

"Eisenstein In Mexico" [1933] as producer

cover of '¡Que Viva México!' issue of Experimental Cinema Magazine  "Sergei Eisenstein and Upton Sinclair: The Making &
Unmaking of ¡Qué Viva México!" [1970]
by Harry M. Geduld & Ronald S. Gottesman

Thames & Hudson hardcover [9/70] out of print/used
Indiana Univ Press hardcover [9/70] out of print/used
Sergei M. Eisenstein [1898-1948] Page at Magic Lantern

"Death Day (Día de Muerte)" [June 1934] as producer
lost film; 17-minute short film constructed by Sergei M. Eisenstein during the Mexico fiasco

"Time In The Sun" [World Pictures Sept 1940] as producer
Directed by Grigori Aleksandrov & Sergei M. Eisenstein

"Que Viva Mexico" [1979 release] /tt0079020/ credited as producer

"The Great Depression" documentary TV series [PBS 1993] /tt0247103/
as 1934 California gubernatorial candidate

"Sergey Eyzenshteyn: Meksikanskaya Fantasiya" documentary [1998] as producer of original project

"Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times" documentary [2009]

Kindle  Editions
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with FREE Kindle Apps for PC, Mac, iPhone/iPod, iPad, Android & BlackBerry

Works of Upton Sinclair in Kindle format from Halcyon Classics  "The Works of Upton Sinclair" for Kindle [2009]
Kindle Edition from Halcyon Classics [10/2009] for $1.99 {sic}
contains Upton Sinclair's 15 public domain books, 'with an active table of contents': "A Prisoner of Morro"; "Damaged Goods"; "Jimmie Higgins"; "Journal of Arthur Stirling"; "The Jungle"; "King Coal"; "King Midas"; "Love's Pilgrimage"; "The Metropolis"; "The Moneychangers"; "100%: The Story of A Patriot"; "The Profits of Religion" non-fiction; "Samuel The Seeker"; "Sylvia's Marriage"; and "They Call Me Carpenter"
Works of Upton Beall Sinclair in Kindle format from Amazon Digital Services  "The Works of Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr." for Kindle [2013]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [2/2013] for $1.99 {sic}
includes 19 books & 5 stageplays – the standard 15 public-domain books as above, plus "A Cadet’s Honor"; "A Captain of Industry"; "The Book of Life" non-fiction; and "On Guard"; and the stageplays "The Machine", "The Naturewoman", "The Pot Boiler", "Prince Hagen" and "The Second-Story Man"
Upton Sinclair Compendium in Kindle format from Amazon Digital Services  "The Upton Sinclair Compendium (22 Books in One!!!)" for Kindle [2013]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2013] for $1.99 {sic}
includes 17 books & 5 stageplays – the standard 15 public-domain books as above, plus "A Captain of Industry"; "The Overman"; and the stageplays "The Machine", "The Naturewoman", "The Pot Boiler", "Prince Hagen" and "The Second-Story Man"

Works  About  Upton  Sinclair

"Upton Sinclair: A Study In Social Protest" [1927] by Floyd Dell 1417905891

"This Is Upton Sinclair" [1938] by J. Harte

"Upton Sinclair: Piirteitä Hänen Elämästään [ 1950] by Mikko Taipale

"My Lifetime In Letters" [1960]

"The Autobiography of Upton Sinclair" [Harcourt, Brace & World 1962]

"Upton Sinclair: An Annotated Checklist" [1973] by R. Gottesman

"Upton Sinclair: American Rebel" [1975] by Leon A. Harris
Crowell hardcover [1975] out of stock/many used

"Upton Sinclair" bio [1975] by Jon Yoder

"Critics On Upton Sinclair" [1975] compiled by Abraham Blinderman

"Upton Sinclair" bio [1977] by William A. Bloodworth, Jr.

"Upton Sinclair: A Descriptive Annotated Bibliography" [1994] by John Ahouse

"Upton Sinclair: The Forgotten Socialist" [1997] by Ivan Scott

C-SPAN 'American Writers' episode [2001] webpage

Take Back Your Government!  "Take Back Your Government!: A Practical Handbook For The Private Citizen Who Wants Democracy To Work" [1992] by Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]
Written in 1946, published posthumously; based on Heinlein's experience in California politics in the 1930s, particularly his efforts on behalf of Upton Sinclair's EPIC Movement and Sinclair's attempt to become the Democratic Party's nominee for California governor in 1934.
Baen mass pb [7/92] out of print/used
Campaign of The Century / Upton Sinclair's E.P.I.C. Race for Governor book by Greg Mitchell  "The Campaign of The Century: Upton Sinclair's {E.P.I.C.} Race For Governor of California and The Birth of Media Politics" [1992]
by Greg Mitchell, {new} Foreword by Peter Schrag

Kindle Edition from Townsend Books [12/2011] for $4.49
CreateSpace 9½x6¾ pb [12/2011] for $22.49
Polipoint Press 9x6 pb [10/2010] out of print/used
Random House mass pb [11/93] out of print/used
Random House 9½x6½ hardcover [4/92] out of print/many used
Land of Orange Groves and Jails book edited by Lauren Coodley  
"The Land of Orange Groves and Jails: Upton Sinclair's California" [2004]
Edited by Lauren Coodley

Heyday 9x6 pb [10/2004] out of print/used
author's official website
U.S.!: A Novel  "U.S.!: A Novel" [2006] by Chris Bachelder
The author brings Upton Sinclair back from the dead, to see
what he has to say about leftist politics and today's world.

Bloomsbury USA 8x6 pb [2/2006] for $9.72
Upton Sinclair bio by Kevin Mattson  "Upton Sinclair and The Other American Century" [2006]
by Kevin Mattson

Wiley 9½x7 hardcover [4/2006] for $17.13
Radical Innocent  "Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair" [2006]
by Anthony Arthur

Random House 9½x6½ hardcover [6/2006] for $18.45
Upton Sinclair, California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual biography by Lauren Coodley  "Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual" [2013]
by Lauren Coodley

Kindle Edition from Bison Books [9/2013] for $15.63
Bison Books 8¾x6 hardcover [9/2013] for $21.11
author's official website
When Hollywood Turned Left ebook by Greg Mitchell  "When Hollywood Turned Left: The Election Campaign That Changed Politics in Films Forever" [2014] by Greg Mitchell
Author describes the race for California governor in 1934 and the grossly unethical and illegal tactics used by conservative (Republican) studio heads to prevent the candidacy and election of socialist author Upton Sinclair.
Kindle Edition from Townsend Books [3/2014] for $3.79

Family & Friends
Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. was born in 1878 in Baltimore, Maryland, moved to California in the 1920s, and died in 1968 at age 90.

first wife Meta Fuller Sinclair [] - married 1900, divorced 1911
son David Sinclair [1901-??]

mistress Anna Noyes [] circa 1910

second wife Mary Craig 'Craig' Kimbrough Sinclair [1883-1961] - married 1913, died 1961

third wife Mary Elizabeth Hard Willis Sinclair [1882-1967] - married 1961?, died 1967

close friend Charlie Chaplin [1889-1977]

close friend Ron Wagner, editor of The Script Hollywood trade magazine

Helicon Home Colony [1906-1907]
An experimental community formed in 1906 by Upton Sinclair in Englewood, New Jersey
with proceeds from his novel "The Jungle"; it burned down in 1907 and was disbanded.

L i n k s
Upton Sinclair entry at Wikipedia
Upton Sinclair's movie credits [1914-2007] at Internet Movie Database
Sinclair's manuscripts & books are at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Liberty Hill Foundation's Upton Sinclair Dinner & Award [est. 1981]
L.A. Times article on Upton Sinclair {posted at Liberty Hill Foundation}
Union Stockyard [Chicago] Literary Landmark Dedication Ceremony - 23 June 2005
Spartacus/Schoolnet Upton Sinclair fansite
entry at Kirjasto website
history of Sinclair's E.P.I.C. Program at Social Security website
German-language Upton Sinclair fansite
English-language Upton Sinclair fansite in Germany

Upton Sinclair on cover of Time Magazine, 22 Oct 1934          portrait of Upton Sinclair with gray hair

here on the Upton Sinclair [1878-1968] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

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