Are you a fan of Upton Sinclair? The Monrovia Public Library is fortunate to hold a first edition of The Jungle, among some of his other published works. If you’d like to see (but not touch) the collection, ask a librarian for a brief tour of the Heritage Room. There are circulating copies of his work as well.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Upton Sinclair, celebrated author of The Jungle and Pulitzer Prize winner, moved to Monrovia in 1942 and remained a resident for over two decades (until 1966). Sinclair spent much of his time writing at 464 North Myrtle, a lovely Mediterranean home far removed from the Chicago slums he explored in his most famous novel. He and his wife enjoyed a quiet life in Monrovia.
A self-described teetotaler, a result of his experiences with his father’s alcoholism, Sinclair once shared the story of his embarrassment when a physician prescribed whiskey for his wife’s heart condition. He couldn’t bear to purchase alcohol in Monrovia, where he and his views were well-known, so, to avoid any questions, he did his shopping out of town.
Source: "Upton Sinclair Called Monrovia Home for 20 Years," Daily News-Post (Monrovia, California), 20 September 1973; folder: “Sinclair, Upton,” vertical files; Heritage Room, Monrovia Public Library, Monrovia, California.