Sinclair, Upton (Beall) (1878–1968)
Famous American novelist, fearless champion of many unpopular
causes. He was born on September 20, 1878, in Baltimore,
Maryland, and later studied at the City College of New
York. He was a Socialist candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives
(1906, 1920); for the Senate (1922); and for governorship
of California (1926, 1930). In 1934, he was narrowly
defeated as the Democratic candidate for governor of California.
He published over 80 books, some of which were translated
into more than 50 languages. His most well-known books include
The Jungle (1906), King Coal (1917), The Brass Check
(1919), The Goose Step (1923), Oil (1927), Between Two Worlds
(1941), Presidential Agent (1944), Presidential Mission (1947), and
O Shepherd Speak (1947).
In his book Mental Radio Does it Work, and How (1930), he
detailed his investigations into the phenomena of telepathy
with his wife, Mary Craig Sinclair. The book, to which William
McDougall wrote the introduction to the English edition and
Albert Einstein to the German edition, presents a lively account
of the abilities of Mary Sinclair as a sensitive, or psychic. She
first became aware of her powers after the death of several intimate
friends. They were further awakened by her contact with
Jan, a Pole, who had studied yoga in India and performed
some of the feats of the fakirs. He was, for some time, a guest
in the Sinclair home.
Simmonite, William Joseph Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
Upton Sinclair himself was, for some time, irritated by his
wife’s gift. In the waking state and in her dreams she could follow
her husband and describe his doings. Finally he decided to
experiment. The usual method was to make half a dozen drawings
of anything that came into his mind. These were folded.
His wife, in a dark room, would take them one by one, place
them on her abdomen and then write or draw her impression.
The curious thing was that sometimes the second drawing
was registered on her mind before she finished with the first
one. When, for instance, a necktie was drawn, she added puffs
of smoke at the end of the tie. The next object was a burning
Sinclair concluded
‘‘We have something more than telepathy, for no human
mind knows what drawings she has taken from that envelope.
No human mind but her own even knows that she is trying an
experiment. Either there is some super-human mind or else
there is something that comes from the drawings, some way of
‘seeing’ other than the way we know and use all the time.’’
Walter Franklin Prince made the Sinclair experiments the
subject matter of the sixteenth bulletin of the Boston Society
for Psychic Research, dealing also with a great deal of unpublished
material and giving an account of a series of control tests
with ten different persons. Upton Sinclair died November 25,
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Telepathy. Boston Boston Society for Psychic Research, n.d.
Sinclair, Upton. The Autobiography of Upton Sinclair. N.p.,
———. Mental Radio Does it Work, and How Pasadena,
Calif. The Author, 1930.