Collection ID: LMC 1171
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Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968
Abstract:
The Cane mss., 1936-1957, consist of letters from Upton Sinclair, 1878-1968, author, to Melville Henry Cane, 1879-, lawyer and poet. They relate in the main to Sinclair's writings.
Extent:
25 items (1 folder)
Language:
Materials are in English .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Cane mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Background

Scope and Content:

The Cane mss., 1936-1957, consist of letters from Upton Sinclair, 1878-1968, author, to Melville Henry Cane, 1879-, lawyer and poet. They relate in the main to Sinclair's writings. Some of them ask questions of a legal nature.

Enclosures to a letter of April 15, 1937, include a typescript of a letter of April 1, 1937 from Romain Rolland to Upton Sinclair, and a typescript of a letter of April 8, 1937 from Carrie (Lane) Catt to Upton Sinclair, both of which relate to Rosika Schwimmer.

Collection size: 25 items

Biographical / Historical:

The Cane mss., 1936-1957 consists of correspondence from author Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) to poet and author Melville Henry Cane (1879-1980). Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Sinclair attended the City College of New York in 1892, paying his way by publishing dime novels and articles for pulp magazines. After graduating in 1897, and studying for a bit at Columbia University, he went on to publish several successful novels. He is known in particular for The Jungle (1906), which sought to expose the impoverished and unhealthy conditions of the American meat-packing industry; the work arguably led to the 1906 Pure Food and Drug act as well as the Meat Inspection Act. Other works of note include Oil! (1927), Boston (1928), and Roman Holiday (1931). Much of his work explores industrial America from the work-class and upper middle-class perspective. In 1943, Sinclair won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Throughout his life, Sinclair also propagated socialist (and in some cases, utopian) ideals.

Melville Henry Cane attended Columbia University in 1900, and became a reporter at the New York Evening Post. While he went on to become a lawyer, his interests in poetry made him part of the literary scene alongside Upton Sinclair, Ayn Rand, and others; he also worked as legal counsel for these and other important writers, hence his friendship and repeated correspondence with Sinclair. In 1971, Cane won the Poetry Society of America's lifetime achievement award.

Acquisition information:
Gift: 1957

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

This collection is open for research.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the curator.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Item], Cane mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
1200 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500, USA
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
(812) 855-2452
liblilly@indiana.edu