UPTON SINCLAIR - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/11/1931 - HFSID 177476

UPTON SINCLAIR Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair signed this typed letter to psychologist Fritz Wittels in 1931, asking what Sinclair should write about his academic positions on "the Nobel document".

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UPTON SINCLAIR
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair signed this typed letter to psychologist Fritz Wittels in 1931, asking what Sinclair should write about his academic positions on "the Nobel document". This letter is probably related to a movement in the late 1920s and early 1930s to award the Nobel Prize for Literature to Sinclair.
Typed letter signed "Sinclair". 1 page, 8½x5½ , on Sinclair's personalized letterhead. March 11, 1931. Addressed to Dr. Fritz Wittels, New York City. In full: "Dear Dr. Wittels: I am putting down the academic positions of the various person who have signed the Nobel document. Please tell me what is proper to quote concerning yourself. Sincerely,". This letter is probably related to a petition in the late 1920s and early 1930 to the Nobel Prize for Literature to Sinclair. The movement was headed by playwright George Bernard Shaw, and the petition included signatures from 770 celebrities, including Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein. FRITZ WITTELS (1880-1950) was an Austrian psychoanalyst and contemporary of Sigmund Freud. Wittels had a sometimes stormy relationship with Freud, who criticized his 1924 biography Sigmund Freud: His Personality, His Teaching, His School. American writer UPTONSINCLAIR (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 tear at left edge. Pinholes in top left corner. Folded thrice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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