Monday, May 17, 2010

A Mind-blowing Moment with Upton Sinclair

Do you remember the Pulitzer-prize winning author of "The Jungle"?
You know, the novel "that exposed 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." Or maybe you're aware that another of his works, "Oil!", was loosely adapted into the Oscar nominated and awarded "There Will Be Blood," a stern story about greed, religion, and manipulation.

But did you know that one of the most prominent political writers of the 20th century was behind this? The world will forever be a different place.


farringtonfamily said...

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Heather said...

I truly hated "The Jungle." I take it as a bad sign when it becomes very clear about ten seconds into a book that there aren't "characters" so much as "devices for telling the most miserable stories possible."

He, Edith Wharton, and Thomas Hardy must have been a real treat at parties.

But Sinclair loved a soapbox, so I'm not surprised he jumped on the chance to use Disney's platform to take on the logging industry. I mean, if you don't have the research to write something pro-environment like 'Silent Spring,' then let the gnomes say it with song and dance!