By: Kaleigh Vaught
Upton Sinclair was an American author who wrote nearly 100 books and other works across a number of genres. His work was very well known and popular. He won the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction in 1943. in 1906, he gained particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle, which exposed conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry. One of his novels publicized the issue of Yellow Journalism. He is famous for the line "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon him not understanding it." Sinclair was an outspoken socialist and ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a nominee from the Socialist Party. He was also the Democratic Party candidate for Governor of California during the Great Depression. But was defeated in the 1934 elections.