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Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair

California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual

Lauren Coodley

Narrated by Peter Lerman

Available from Audible

Book published by University of Nebraska Press

Had Upton Sinclair not written a single book after The Jungle, he would still be famous. But Sinclair was a mere twenty-five years old when he wrote The Jungle, and over the next sixty-five years he wrote nearly eighty more books and won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He was also a filmmaker, labor activist, women’s rights advocate, and health pioneer on a grand scale. This new biography of Sinclair underscores his place in the American story as a social, political, and cultural force, a man who more than any other disrupted and documented his era in the name of social justice.

Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual shows us Sinclair engaged in one cause after another, some surprisingly relevant today—the Sacco-Vanzetti trial, the depredations of the oil industry, the wrongful imprisonment of the Wobblies, and the perils of unchecked capitalism and concentrated media. Throughout, Lauren Coodley provides a new perspective for looking at Sinclair’s prodigiously productive life by uncovering a consistent streak of feminism, both in Sinclair’s relationships with women—wives, friends, and activists—and in his interest in issues of housework and childcare, temperance and diet. This biography will forever alter our picture of this complicated, unconventional, often controversial man whose whole life was dedicated to helping people understand how society was run, by whom, and for whom.


“Coodley's book is a welcome resource both for general readers eager to learn more about Sinclair's life after The Jungle and for historians eager for new perspectives on an iconic (and iconoclastic) activist.”

—Justin Nordstrom, Journal of American History

“It is Coodley's sensitivity to the women in Sinclair's life—a key reason behind his long-lived political activism—that is the most interesting element in this well-researched and well-written book.”

—Kevin Mattson, Western Historical Quarterly

“An invaluable look at Sinclair's full life and influential work.”

—Carl Hays, Booklist


1. Southern Gentlemen Drank, 1878–1892

2. Making Real Men of Our Boys, 1893–1904

3. Good Health and How We Won It, 1905–1915

4. Singing Jailbirds, 1916–1927

5. How I Ran for Governor, 1928–1939

6. World’s End, 1940–1949

7. A Lifetime in Letters, 1950–1968

Afterword: A World to Win, 1969–2011

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