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Upton Sinclair was known as a strong socialist and wrote political religious and educational books that continue to impact the views of capitalism today He wrote in many genres often advocating Socialist views and achieving popularity in the early twentieth century Upton was born in Baltimore Maryland on September 20th 1878 His father was a poor alcoholic while the rest of his family was wealthy He argued that witnessing the two extremes in his childhood evolved him into a socialist He was a very intelligent boy and when he was fourteen he got accepted to New York City College Through his teenage years he wrote for various newspapers and national magazines His first published novel Springtime and Harvest was published in 1901 After he wrote The Journal of Arthur Stirling Prince Hagen Manassas and A Captain of Industry but all of them were unsuccessful In the 1900s he became an active socialist and joined the intercollegiate Social Society which included people like Jack London Clarence Darrow and Florence Kelley Once Sinclair was a socialist he began thinking about the troubling issues within out country He decided to write a novel based on immigrant workers in the Chicago meat packing houses This book at first was rejected by six publishers saying he was hating on the rich He didnt want to stop so he published the book The Jungle himself It was one of the best selling books in his whole career selling over 150000 copies and being published in seventeen languages His later works such as The Overman The Metropolis The Moneychangers Loves Pilgrimage and Sylvia were made into movies In 1934 he ran to become governor of California He lost but he began a group called EPIC End Poverty in California and gained support from the people One of his last novels Dragon Teeth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1942 He had published more than ninety books by the time he died November 25
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