Southern Belle

by Mary Craig Sinclair
Afterword by Peggy Whitman Prenshaw

University Press of Mississippi | April 1, 1999 | Trade Paperback

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This is a new edition of the autobiography of Mary Craig Kimbrough Sinclair (1883-1961). She started life innocently and happily on her father''s Mississippi Delta plantation but went on to know deprivation and danger when she married Upton Sinclair, the crusading social activist. As she joined him in his struggles to rescue "the disinherited of the earth," collaborating with him in writing a shelf of books, she gave up the moonlight and magnolias but not her grace. After her death, Sinclair recalled her as "the loveliest woman I have ever known."
She moved North with him and began an exhilarating new life. He was a Socialist and the celebrated muckraker whose novel The Jungle (1906) was an exposé of the meatpacking industry. Later, in 1943, he would win the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Dragon''s Teeth. Through him she became involved in social causes and came to know many of America''s intellectuals including such eminent figures in the literary and political worlds as Walter Lippman, Sinclair Lewis, Max Eastman, Floyd Dell, and Art Young. With her husband she traveled throughout the United States and Europe. Her story is filled with many great names--including Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, Theodore Dreiser, H. L. Mencken, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks--whom she and Sinclair counted among their friends.
As a child she once sat on Jefferson Davis''s knee. In her girlhood she was instructed in the southern graces. Later she would be immersed in the world of demonstrations, distress, and political pamphleteering for the liberal causes she and her husband espoused.
Their marriage of forty-eight years was extraordinary and happy. Sinclair recalled her as "the helpmeet of a man who set out to help in the ending of poverty and war in the world. . . . It required many crusades in which he bankrupted himself and her as well. It required a year-long entanglement in a bitter political campaign [for the California governorship]. She helped him to write and publish three million books and pamphlets."
Of her book he said, "This is the story of a Southern belle, told by a real one."

Mary Craig Sinclair was born near Greenwood, Mississippi, a member of a prominent, old-line Mississippi family from the Delta and the Gulf Coast.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 423 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 1.28 in

Published: April 1, 1999

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1578061520

ISBN - 13: 9781578061525

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Southern Belle

by Mary Craig Sinclair
Afterword by Peggy Whitman Prenshaw

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 423 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 1.28 in

Published: April 1, 1999

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1578061520

ISBN - 13: 9781578061525

About the Book

The delightful autobiography of an indefatigable lady who married a muckraking reformer and became his writing partner

From the Publisher

This is a new edition of the autobiography of Mary Craig Kimbrough Sinclair (1883-1961). She started life innocently and happily on her father''s Mississippi Delta plantation but went on to know deprivation and danger when she married Upton Sinclair, the crusading social activist. As she joined him in his struggles to rescue "the disinherited of the earth," collaborating with him in writing a shelf of books, she gave up the moonlight and magnolias but not her grace. After her death, Sinclair recalled her as "the loveliest woman I have ever known."
She moved North with him and began an exhilarating new life. He was a Socialist and the celebrated muckraker whose novel The Jungle (1906) was an exposé of the meatpacking industry. Later, in 1943, he would win the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Dragon''s Teeth. Through him she became involved in social causes and came to know many of America''s intellectuals including such eminent figures in the literary and political worlds as Walter Lippman, Sinclair Lewis, Max Eastman, Floyd Dell, and Art Young. With her husband she traveled throughout the United States and Europe. Her story is filled with many great names--including Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, Theodore Dreiser, H. L. Mencken, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks--whom she and Sinclair counted among their friends.
As a child she once sat on Jefferson Davis''s knee. In her girlhood she was instructed in the southern graces. Later she would be immersed in the world of demonstrations, distress, and political pamphleteering for the liberal causes she and her husband espoused.
Their marriage of forty-eight years was extraordinary and happy. Sinclair recalled her as "the helpmeet of a man who set out to help in the ending of poverty and war in the world. . . . It required many crusades in which he bankrupted himself and her as well. It required a year-long entanglement in a bitter political campaign [for the California governorship]. She helped him to write and publish three million books and pamphlets."
Of her book he said, "This is the story of a Southern belle, told by a real one."

Mary Craig Sinclair was born near Greenwood, Mississippi, a member of a prominent, old-line Mississippi family from the Delta and the Gulf Coast.

From the Jacket

The delightful autobiography of an indefatigable lady who married a muckraking reformer and became his writing partner

About the Author

Sinclair, a lifelong vigorous socialist, first became well known with a powerful muckraking novel, The Jungle, in 1906. Refused by five publishers and finally published by Sinclair himself, it became an immediate bestseller, and inspired a government investigation of the Chicago stockyards, which led to much reform. In 1967 he was invited by President Lyndon Johnson to "witness the signing of the Wholesome Meat Act, which will gradually plug loopholes left by the first Federal meat inspection law" (N.Y. Times), a law Sinclair had helped to bring about. Newspapers, colleges, schools, churches, and industries have all been the subject of a Sinclair attack, analyzing and exposing their evils. Sinclair was not really a novelist, but a fearless and indefatigable journalist-crusader. All his early books are propaganda for his social reforms. When regular publishers boycotted his work, he published himself, usually at a financial loss. His 80 or so books have been translated into 47 languages, and his sales abroad, especially in the former Soviet Union, have been enormous.

From Our Editors

Mary Craig Kimbrough Sinclair might as well have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Growing up on her father’s successful plantation along the Mississippi Delta, she wanted for nothing during those early years. But as a woman, she proved that she possessed a strong social conscience when she and her husband, Upton Sinclair, embarked on a journey to save the downtrodden who had slipped through society’s cracks. Citing her friendships with such people as Albert Einstein and Jefferson Davis, this remarkable woman tells her compelling life story in Southern Belle.