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READ ALL ABOUT IT UPTON SINCLAIR My cause is the Cause of a man who has never yet been defeated and whose whole being is one all devouring God-given holy purpose declared Upton Beall Sinclair This man is not only an American novelist essayist journalist but also deeply involved in politics He has accomplished so many things throughout his life span it is tough to compare him to anyone else Until Sinclair was in his later life he was an unknown failure to many but then for forty years after that he was Americas most important writer Sinclair was born in Baltimore on the 20th of September in 1878 He was born in near poverty conditions to his dysfunctional family consisting of his father who drank himself to death and his mother a southern aristocrat He taught himself to read and write by the time he was five years old By the time he was 14 he had already graduated the City College of New York He furthered his education by becoming a special student at Columbia University He was supporting himself and paying his own way through his education by writing and selling book While at Columbia University he was inspired by another student to write even more novels He started writing weekly novels consisting of more than 30000 words and selling them as half-dime novels With the frustration of trying to make it on such little profit he left Columbia University Once Sinclair left he started his first real novel entitled Springtime and Harvest Publishers did not see his point to the novel so they figured no one else would and with much disappointment turned down the novel In order to succeed one must fail at least once was often a quote used by Sinclair He followed this quote often due to the next couple of novels he wrote Within the two years he wrote four long novels and
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