Unseen Upton Sinclair

Nine Unpublished Stories, Essays and Other Works


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About the Book

Best known for his muckraking exposé of the squalor and brutality that pervaded the livestock industry in his book The Jungle, Upton Sinclair’s political activism was not limited to issues of workers’ rights or workplace safety. These nine short works, never before published, reveal an author who also wrestled with questions concerning women’s independence and the state of the health care industry in America. Always controversial, Sinclair ranges here from the comic to the deadly serious, while investigating issues that include artificial insemination and dietary measures. A substantial biographical introduction gives new insights into Sinclair’s concerns.

About the Author(s)

Upton Sinclair (1878–1968) was a Pulitzer Prize winning author who wrote almost 90 books. Editor Ruth Clifford Engs, is a professor emeritus at Indiana University studying the history of health reform movements of the early 20th century.

Bibliographic Details

Upton Sinclair
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 187
Bibliographic Info: 3 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4518-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Preface      1
Introduction: A Biography of Upton Sinclair      5

Part I: Woman Suffrage and Emancipation      41
ONE: Suffragetteland      43
TWO: One Woman’s Fight      45
THREE: The Emancipated Husband: A One-Reel Comedy      55

Part II: Defying Sexual Convention      73
FOUR: An Unmarried Mother      75
FIVE: Eugenic Celibate Motherhood      91
SIX: An Experimental Honeymoon      105

Part III: Search for Health      133
SEVEN: The Health Hunters: A Farce Comedy in Four Acts      135
EIGHT: Restore and Keep Your Health by Controlling Emotions      145
NINE: “Little Algernon” Fragments      149

Bibliography      173
Index      175