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Oil! by  Upton Sinclair - 1st Edition - 1927 - from Sparkle Books (SKU: 006943)


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by Sinclair, Upton

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New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1927 This Is A November, 1927 Grosset & Dunlap Edition Of Upton Sinclair's Oil! It Is An 8Th Printing. (The First Printing Was In February, 1927. At Some Point The Book Was Banned In Boston And That May Be Why It Went Into So Many Printings!). It Formed The Basis Of The 2007 Film, There Will Be Blood. Book Is In Good To Very Good Condition And Has A Former Owner Signature Of A George Cloakey, Which Could Represent The Father, President Of Seneca Oil & Gas Company Or The Son, George H. Jr., President Of Britalta Oils, Who Was An Important Figure In The Alberta Oil Business As Well As Chairman Of The Calgary General Hospital And A Friend To Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. There Is A Portion Of Presumably The Inside Of The Dust Jacket Which Has Stuck To The Spine, Otherwise The Book Is In Very Nice Condition. The Dust Jacket Is In Fair To Good Condition, Retaining Much Of The Romantic Cover Art And The Rear Panel But Under The Mylar Cover It Is In Two Pieces. The Spine Is Missing The Top Two Inches Or So And Has Some Additional Chipping And Tearing.


There Will Be Blood wins a 2008 Golden Globes Award. Read about it here. There Will Be Blood wins two 2008 Academy Awards. Read about it here. Penguin Books is proud to now be the sole publisher of Oil! , the classic 1927 novel by Upton Sinclair. After writing The Jungle , his scathing indictment of the meatpacking industry, Sinclair turned his sights on the early days of the California oil industry in a highly entertaining story featuring a cavalcade of characters including senators, oil magnets, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist. This lively and panoramic book, which was recently cited by David Denby in the New Yorker as being Sinclair’s “most readable” novel, is now the inspiration for the Paramount Vantage major motion picture, There Will Be Blood . It is the long-awaited film from Paul Thomas Anderson, one of the most admired filmmakers working today whose previous movies, Boogie Nights and Magnolia were both multiple Academy Award nominees. The movie stars Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis ( Gangs of New York , My Left Foot ) and Paul Dano ( Little Miss Sunshine ). Paramount Vantage will be releasing the film in New York and Los Angeles on December 26, 2007 and go nationwide in January. This is the same company responsible for Babel and A Mighty Heart and the current releases, Into the Wild, Margot at the Wedding , and The Kite Runner . As wars rage on in the oil region and as anxiety over natural resources rise, the subject of this book, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2007, is more timely than ever.


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On Aug 28 2014, a reader said:
If, like many, all you've read by Sinclair's is his rather bleak and somber novel, "The Jungle," you'll find that "Oil!" is an intriguing change of pace. It's set in southern California, and its main characters are the new oil barons of the West and the workers in the oil fields, among others. As usual, Sinclair uses the narrative to push his political views, but it's still well-written and very entertaining story.


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Fiction Oil Business California
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