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Dragon's Teeth I (World's End) by Upton Sinclair
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Jan 20, 2001
Publisher Simon Publications
ISBN 1931313032 ISBN13 9781931313032
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More About Upton Sinclair
Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) was born in Baltimore. At age fifteen, he began writing a series of dime novels in order to pay for his education at the City College of New York. He was later accepted to do graduate work at Columbia, and while there he published a number of novels, including The Journal of Arthur Stirling (1903) and Manassas (1904). Sinclair's breakthrough came in 1906 with the publication of The Jungle, a scathing indictment of the Chicago meat-packing industry. His later works include World's End (1940), Dragon's Teeth (1942), which won him a Pulitzer Prize, O Shepherd, Speak! (1949) and Another Pamela (1950). Ronald Gottesman was born in Boston and earned degrees from the University of Massachusetts and from Colgate and Indiana universities. He has taught literature, film studies, and humanities courses at Northwestern, Indiana, and Rutgers universities, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Southern California, where for nine years he directed the Center for the Humanities. Founding editor of the Quarterly Review of Film Studies and Humanities in Society, Professor Gottesman is editor and author of many articles and books on literature and film, including three on Upton Sinclair. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis.
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Will History Repeat Itself? Aug 16, 2005
"Human beings suffer agonies, and their sad fates become legends; poets write verses about them and playwrights compose dramas, and the remembrance of past grief becomes a source of present pleasure- such is the strange alchemy of the spirit."
So writes Upton Sinclair near the conclusion of Dragon's Teeth (Part 2), reflecting on the cycles of history. However, it is hard to read through this, the third chapter of Sinclair's World's End series, and find much pleasure at all in these human agonies- even three quarters of a century after the real world backdrop of this book takes place.
In July 2005, Julie Salamon wrote a piece for The New York Times, wondering what happened to these works of Upton Sinclair. Coincidentally, I happened to be in the middle of Dragon's Teeth (Book 2). While reading her thoughts on the books (and Sinclair's character, Lanny Budd), I agreed with her that these are books that should not have been forgotten, as they have been.
Sinclair's utilization of fiction to tell the story of a true world history is risky, but effective. And while there are many reasons to read these works (or at least Dragon's Teeth), none is perhaps as powerful as the need to remember that wars, atrocities, torture, propaganda- all those things that are detriments to civilized society- that they do not happen in the abstract. They manifest in the lives (and deaths) of people. And as we are living in the world where human beings are facing agonies, are we too soon rationalizing them into some perverse pleasure? Before we too quickly translate agonies into the stuff of lore, perhaps it is time to prevent those agonies from occuring in the first place. Perhaps this can happen so that no authors need write fiction based in truth like this again.
[This review is of both Dragon's Teeth Part 1 and Part 2]