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About the Author: Upton Sinclair

Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). To gather information for the novel, Sinclair spent seven weeks undercover working in the meat packing plants of Chicago. These direct experiences exposed the horrific 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. The Jungle has remained continuously in print since its initial publication. In 1919, he published The Brass Check, a muckraking exposé of American journalism that publicized the issue of yellow journalism and the limitations of the “free press” in the United States. Four years after the initial publication of The Brass Check, the first code of ethics for journalists was created. Time magazine called him "a man with every gift except humor and silence." In 1943, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Sinclair also ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Socialist, and was the Democratic Party nominee for Governor of California in 1934, though his highly progressive campaign was defeated.


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Paperback, Published in Jan 2011 by Livre de Poche

ISBN10: 2253129380 | ISBN13: 9782253129387

Page count: 992

Comme emile Zola, Upton Sinclair n a rien d un styliste extasie: il peint large, vite, puissant, il emporte le lecteur et l incite a s insurger: Sinclair n aurait pas renie l acception utilitaire de son travail. Pourtant Petrole ! demeure un recit d aventure.
Tel Geant, livre qui fut lui aussi adapte au cinema, ce roman se veut le roman du petrole, volontiers scelerat, que Sinclair avait deja affronte en manifestant contre les Rockefeller. [ ] Sept cents pages d idealisme, empreintes de toutes les composantes du roman d education: on sent qu Upton Sinclair aspire a donner vie a la chimere de la litterature americaine de tout temps, the great American novel, le grand roman americain a l echelle du pays-continent qui, une fois pour toutes, s inscrira dans l histoire litteraire.
Extraits de la preface d Olivier Barrot."

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