Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

Death: 25th November 1968
Location: Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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American writer who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943. In 1906, Sinclair acquired particular fame for his classic muck-raking novel The Jungle, which exposed labor and sanitary conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act
In 1919, he published The Brass Check, a muck-raking exposé of American journalism that publicized the limitations of the “free press” in the United States. Four years after publication of The Brass Check, the first code of ethics for journalists was created.  Many of his novels can be read as historical works. Sinclair describes the world of industrialised America from both the working man's point of view and the industrialist. Novels like King Coal (1917), Oil! (1927) and The Flivver King (1937) describe the working conditions of the coal, oil and auto industries at the time.