Upton Sinclair was born 20 September 1878, and died 25 November 1968
- I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.
- I wrote with tears and anguish, pouring into the pages all that pain which life had meant to me. Externally the story had to do with a family of stockyard workers, but internally it was the story of my own family. Did I wish to know how the poor suffered in winter time in Chicago? I only had to recall the previous winter in the cabin, when we had only cotton blankets, and had rags on top of us. It was the same with hunger, with illness, with fear. Our little boy was down with pneumonia that winter, and nearly died, and the grief of that went into the book.
- Fascism is capitalism plus murder.
- I intend to do what little one man can do to awaken the public conscience, and in the meantime I am not frightened by your menaces.
- All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescapably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda.
Sinclair was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He is most famous for The Jungle which exposed conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar in 1906, and The Brass Check, which publicized the issue of the limitations of the ‘free press’ in the United States. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943.
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