Upton Sinclair's Life And Accomplishments

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Upton Sinclair was born on September 20th, 1878. Him and his family moved to New York City in 1888 due to his father being an alcoholic. His family was extremely poor, unlike Sinclair’s grandparents, who were extremely wealthy. He claims that because of his experiences with the lifestyle of being poor and wealthy, it turned him into a socialist. Sinclair entered New York City college at the age of fourteen. By writing stories for the newspapers and magazines, he was able to help pay for college. He then moved into his own apartment and supplied his parents with a regular income by age seventeen. In 1902, Sinclair married Meta Fuller and began writing novels. After the discouraging effect of his first three novels, Fred Warren found something special within Sinclair’s writing. Warren told Sinclair to write a novel about immigrant workers in Chicago meat packing houses. Julius Wayland gave Sinclair five hundred dollars to help him start his writing. He wrote The Jungle after seven weeks of researching. The Jungle got rejected by six publishers. Sinclair then decided to publish it himself, and received orders for nine hundred and seventy-two copies. This sparked interest to Doubleday, an American publishing company, which…show more content…
He was born in Manhattan, New York. He was an aspiring playwright, and later turned to journalism. Being a journalist stuck with him at which he started investigating many of today’s problems, one being the fast food industry. Schlosser wrote Fast Food Nation and it was published on January 17th, 2001. Fast Food Nation exposes the truth behind the walls of the fast food industries. Schlosser’s book is a popular read for anyone. Fast Food Nation can be compared to The Jungle, which it is. Each book having a similar goal, to expose the meat packing and slaughterhouses to the public. Upton Sinclair’s, The Jungle, and Eric Schlosser’s, Fast Food Nation, show the lack of food quality and safety of the
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