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Book Title: The Brass Check: A Study of American Journalism|
The author of the book: Upton Sinclair
Edition: University of Illinois Press
Date of issue: November 18th 2002
Format files: PDF
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ISBN 13: 9780252071102
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I'm actually editing the WikiSource version of this. It's not online yet, so this will take a while.
Editing an OCR document & reading the contents at the same time is not a great way to really comprehend the finer points or total thrust of a book, but from what I've seen so far, there is no real need. Sinclair is just whining about how unfair life is. It's actually nauseating. He starts out in "The Story of a Poet" writing his experiences in the third person then switches to the first person in the third chapter in an attempt to make his case more palatable & sympathetic. Major fail!
No, being an author isn't easy. Yes, it's based on popularity or rather what editors see as being popular. Is it right or fair? Sure. They're in business to make money, not to support whiny authors that are out of step with their readership. Especially not when the author has half-baked ideals of extreme social change & are constantly pushing an agenda that few can stomach much less believe in. Some preachers can get by with uncompromising denunciations from their supposed high moral ground, but not unsupported radicals. They're generally ignored or made jeered at on a slow news day. This is exactly what happened & what Sinclair is whining about. No one takes him seriously, even though he spends all summer in a cabin in Canada writing his heart out. Go figure.
I got maybe 1/3 of the way through & just couldn't keep my interest up. Life isn't fair, but whining about it hysterically doesn't help. Grow up!
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Read information about the authorUpton 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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