Upton Sinclair Jr. (1878-1968), was a prolific American author who
wrote over 90 books in many genres and was widely considered to be
one of the best investigators advocating socialist views and
supporting anarchist causes. He achieved considerable popularity in
the first half of the 20th century. He gained particular fame for
his 1906 novel The Jungle, which dealt with conditions in the U. S.
meat packing industry and caused a public uproar that partly
contributed to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the
Meat Inspection Act in 1906. An early success was the Civil War
novel Manassas, written in 1903 and published a year later.
Originally projected as the opening book of a trilogy, the success
of The Jungle caused him to drop his plans. Sinclair created a
socialist commune, named Helicon Hall Colony, in 1906 with proceeds
from his novel The Jungle.
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