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My cause is the Cause of a man who has never yetbeen defeated and whose whole being is one all devouringGod-given holy purpose declared Upton Beall Sinclair Thisman is not only an American novelist essayist journalist butalso deeply involved in politics He has accomplished somany things throughout his life span it is tough to comparehim to anyone else Until Sinclair was in his later life hewas an unknown failure to many but then for forty yearsafter that he was Americas most important writerSinclair was born in Baltimore on the 20th ofSeptember in 1878 He was born in near poverty conditionsto his dysfunctional family consisting of his father whodrank himself to death and his mother a southern aristocratHe taught himself to read and write by the time he wasfive years old By the time he was 14 he had alreadygraduated the City College of New York He furthered hiseducation by becoming a special student at ColumbiaUniversity He was supporting himself and paying his ownway through his education by writing and selling book Whileat Columbia University he was inspired by another studentto write even more novels He started writing weekly novelsconsisting of more than 30000 words and selling them ashalf-dime novels With the frustration of trying to make iton such little profit he left Columbia University Once Sinclair left he started his first real novel entitledSpringtime and Harvest Publishers did not see his point tothe novel so they figured no one else would and with muchdisappointment turned down the novel In order tosucceed one must fail at least once was often a quoteused by Sinclair He followed this quote often due to thenext couple of novels he wrote Within the two years hewrote four long novels and all were reviewed negatively1906 was Sinclairs lucky year In years earlier hewould often fight for free speech and write about politicsbut he decided to try a new approach this year Sinclair ismost famous for the novel he wrote this year
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