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Sinclair, Upton

In 1906 Upton Sinclair’s expose of the Chicago meat industry, The Jungle, was introduced to a disbelieving public. Sinclair had written the book as a fictional story but, supported by his own research in packing plants, used it to highlight the very real, inhumane treatment of workers. Readers, however, were more shocked by the unhygienic food practices that were uncovered, ultimately resulting the Meat Inspection Act.

With a writing style more journalistic than prosaic, Sinclair focuses on his subject matter far more effectively and highlights key themes with greater clarity. At various times during his career he challenged the notion of a free press, criticized governments for not effectively tackling poverty and promoted strong socialist ideals. In his most critically acclaimed work from 1942, Dragon’s Teeth, Sinclair writes about the Nazi takeover of Germany in the 1930s.

Unsurprisingly, from all his works, it is Dragon’s Teeth and The Jungle which collectors find most attractive today, a signed first edition of the latter having realized close to $1,000 at auction.

Sinclair was able to create a legacy of lasting change; few authors can claim this distinction. While Sinclair was criticised for not replicating the success or impact of The Jungle, in fairness, he had set the bar unattainably high.

Sinclair’s role as a change agent makes his brand of political fiction appealing to collectors and so worthy of a second look.

Sinclair, Upton. Clif Faraday in Command. Street and Smith, New York (1899). Written under the pseudonym 'Ensign Clarke Fitch'; or, The Fight of his Life; First edition: 'True Blue Stirring Stories of Naval Academy Life' No. 39, February 4, 1899.

Sinclar, Upton. Bound for Annapolis. Street and Smith, New York (1903). Written under the pseudonym Ensign Clarke Fitch; ' or The Trials of a Sailor Boy'; first in the Ensign Clarke Fitch series

Sinclar, Upton. Bound for Annapolis. David McKay, Philadelphia (1903). Written under the pseudonym Ensign Clarke Fitch; ' or The Trials of a Sailor Boy'; first in the Ensign Clarke Fitch series

Sinclair, Upton. Clif, the Naval Cadet. David McKay, Philadelphia (1903). Written under the pseudonym Ensign Clarke Fitch; 'or Exciting Days at Annapolis'

Sinclair, Upton. Manassas. The MacMillan Company, New York (1904). a Novel of the War; first printing labeled 'Published August, 1904'

Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. Doubleday Page and Co., New York (1906). First trade edition; first printing labeled 'February, 1906' with unbattered type on copyright page

Sinclair, Upton. The Metropolis. Edward Arnold, London (1908).

Sinclair, Upton. The Metropolis. McLeod and Allen, Toronto (1908). First Canadian edition

Sinclair, Upton. The Cry for Justice. Sinclair Lewis, Pasadena (1915). Introduction by Jack London; Sinclair edition, preceded by the John C. Winston edition

Sinclair, Upton. King Coal. MacMillan, New York (1917).

Sinclair, Upton. King Coal. Viking Press, New York (1917). Introduction by Dr. Georg Brandes

Sinclair, Upton. The Profits of Religion. Upton Sinclair, Pasadena (1918). “An Essay in Economic Interpretation”

Sinclair, Upton. 100%: The Story of a Patriot. Upton Sinclar, Pasadena (1920).

Sinclair, Upton. 100% Roman eines Patrioten. Malik, Berlin (1921). 100% The Story of a Patriot; First German edition; translated into German by Hemynia Zur Muhlen

Sinclair, Upton. The Goose-Step: A Study of American Education. Upton Sinclair, Pasadena (1923). 1st and 2nd editions in same year; 4 volume set; 8000 copies printed

Sinclair, Upton. Der Sumpf. Malik, Berlin (1924). The Jungle; Bound in Illustrated boards by John Heartfield; German edition; Translated by Hermynia zur Muhlen

Sinclair, Upton. Hundert Prozent. Malik, Berlin (1924). 100% The Story of a Patriot; bound in illustrated boards by John Heartfield; German edition

Sinclair, Upton. The Goslings. Upton Sinclair, Pasadena (1924). “ A Study Of The American Schools.”; 5000 copies privately printed copies by author

Sinclair, Upton. Mammonart. Upton Sinclair, Pasadena (1925). “An Essay in Economic Interpretation.”; Privately printed: 4000 cloth-bound copies and 4000 paperbacks printed

Sinclair, Upton. Oil!. Albert and Charles Boni, New York (1927).

Sinclair, Upton. Oil!. Grosset and Dunlap, New York (1927).

Dell, Floyd. Upton Sinclair: A Study in Social Protest.. George H. Doran (1927).

Sinclair, Upton. Boston. A. and C. Boni, New York (1928). 2 volumes

Sinclair, Upton. Boston. Upton Sinclair, Long Beach,CA (1928). 2 volumes

Sinclair, Upton. Die Goldne Kette. Malik-Verlag, Berlin (1928). Mammonart; Translated by Hermynia Zur Muhlen; bound in board illustrated by John Heartfield; German edition

Sinclair, Upton. Boston. Malik, Berlin (1929). boards illustrated by John Hearfield; German edition

Sinclair, Upton. Leidweg Der Liebe. Malik-Verlag, Berlin (1930). Love's Pilgrimage'; boards designed by John Heartfield; German edition

Sinclair, Upton. Konig Kohle. Malik Verlag, Berlin (1931). King Coal; Boards illustrated by John Heartfield; Translated by Herymnia Zur Muhlen; German edition

Sinclair, Upton. Drei freiwillige.. Malik Verlag, London. (1937). 3 volunteers; Translated from the American by Peter Bauer

Sinclair, Upton. Letter to a Millionaire. T.Werner Laurie, London (1939).

Sinclair, Upton. World's End. Viking Press, New York (1940). First volume in Lanny Budd series

Sinclair, Upton. Between Two Worlds. Viking Press, New York (1941). 2nd in Lanny Budd series

Sinclair, Upton. Dragon's Teeth. Viking Press, New York (1942). 3rd in Lanny Budd series

Sinclair, Upton. Dragon Harvest. The Viking Press, New York (1945). 6th volume of the Lanny Budd series

Sinclair, Upton. Dragon Harvest. Upton Sinclair, Monrovia, CA (1945). Advanced copy self-published by author; 6th volume of the Lanny Budd series

Sinclair, Upton. A World to Win. The Viking Press, New York (1946). 7th book in Lanny Budd series

Sinclair, Upton. One Clear Call. The Viking Press, New York (1948). 8th book in the Lanny Budd series

Sinclair, Upton. O Shepherd, Speak!. The Viking Press, New York (1949). 10th book in Lanny Budd series

Sinclair, Upton. O Shepherd, Speak!. Upton Sinclair, California (1949). Advance Readers' Proofs privately printed, 10th book in Lanny Budd series

Sinclair, Upton. The Return of Lanny Budd. The Viking Press, New York (1953). 11th and last volume of Lanny Budd series

Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. Limited Editions Club, New York (1965). Illustrated with 12 full-color wash-and-ink drawings, 8 full-page and 4 two-page spreads, and 33 two-color line drawings by Fletcher Martin; Limited edition of 1500 copies signed by author and illustrator; slipcase