Upton Sinclair 's The Jungle

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The Jungle

Upton Sinclair, an American writer and reformer, was born on September 20, 1878, in Baltimore, Maryland. Both of Sinclair’s parents came from prominent families, but Sinclair grew up impoverished because of an alcoholic father. Throughout his childhood, Sinclair lived in conditions that varied from slums to country homes but sometimes his father would spend all the family’s money on alcohol forcing Sinclair and his mother to live with his mother’s wealthy sister in order to survive (Wiedman, 2009). This allowed Sinclair to see how each side, well-to-do and poor, lived. While attending City College of New York, at the ripe old age of fourteen, Sinclair became a “hack” writer for popular magazines which he wrote under the pen names (Richard Wasowski, 2001) “Ensign Clark Fitch, USN and Lieutenant Fredrick Garrison, USA” (Wiedman, 2009). Sinclair would go on to have published around ninety books throughout his literary career (Richard Wasowski, 2001). Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”, a 1906 novel in which he is most remembered for, sold 150,000 copies in the United States and was translated into seventeen languages (Karsner, 1968). Sinclair began his graduate program at Columbia University but in 1900, he left to write a poetic novel titled, “Springtime and Harvest”. In 1904 Fred D. Warren, editor of Appeal to Reason, a freelance, weekly socialist newspaper, hired Sinclair to write about the conditions of the Chicago stockyards (Richard Wasowski, 2001). For seven…

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