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UPTON SINCLAIR - ANNOTATED TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/25/1939 - HFSID 30245

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Upton Sinclair signed this typed letter in 1939, a month after the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty with fascist Nazi Germany, saying "I wished to wait and see how matters shaped up before I express any opinion of the Soviet Union".

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UPTON SINCLAIR
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Upton Sinclair signed this typed letter in 1939, a month after the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty with fascist Nazi Germany, saying "I wished to wait and see how matters shaped up before I express any opinion of the Soviet Union".
Typed letter signed "U Sinclair". 1 page, 8½x5½, on Sinclair's personalized letterhead. Sept. 25, 1939. Addressed to Mr. Sidney Hook, New York City. In full: "My dear Sidney Hook: I received a postcard from you not long ago, and postponed answering it because I wished to wait and see how matters shaped up before I express any opinion of the Soviet Union. This letter was written a month after the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact on Aug. 23, 1939 and the Sept. 1 Nazi invasion of Poland, considered to be the start of World War II. Sinclair was a Socialist and anti-fascist. However, he was never a Communist, and by the 1950s had become, according to Anthony Arthur of the New York Times, a "committed cold warrior" who was convinced that the Communist Soviet Union was as bad a dictatorship as fascist Nazi Germany. American writer Sinclair (1878-1968) is best known for The Jungle, his 1906 novel exposing the horrors of the Chicago meat-packing industry. His other novels include The Money Changers (1908), King Coal (1917) and Oil! (1927). Sinclair was also active in politics, organizing the socialist EPIC (End Poverty in California) movement during the Great Depression and running for as Democratic candidate for Governor of California in 1934. In the 1940s, Sinclair wrote an 11-volume series about contemporary American character, "Lanny Budd", who travels through time and meets historical figures; Dragon's Teeth (1942), in which Budd meets Adolf Hitler, won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Eight of his books have been adapted for film and TV, including There Will Be Blood (2007), which was based on Oil!. Lightly toned and creased. Light discolorations, which touch signature. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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