Upton Sinclair Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Upton Sinclair Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Upton Sinclair was a prodigy as a writer and wrote with great fluency and consequent unevenness. For him, the essential purpose of literature was to expose social evils and promote change; his end as a writer was the improvement of the condition of humankind. His literary reputation is thus not really germane to what he was trying to do as a writer. His fiction has more relevance when it is regarded in a political and historical light rather than as literature per se. As the social and economic issues of Sinclair’s time recede into history, so does interest in those of his books that were simply propaganda.

Although Sinclair was regarded as a literary rebel for his iconoclastic attacks on the economic, intellectual,...

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