Nation: THE COMBATIVE INNOCENT

You don't have to be satisfied with America as you find it. You can change it. So wrote Upton Beall Sinclair of an era that cried out for reform at almost every level of American life. He was a quixotic dreamer, an eccentric, a compulsive dissenter in the intellectual tradition of a Thoreau or a Tom Paine. Yet Sinclair, who died last week at 90 in a New Jersey nursing home, battled so many causes to the finish that the American conscience and the quality of American life were permanently affected by his concern,...