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Jungle

ISBN-10: 0451528042
ISBN-13: 9780451528049
Edition: 100th 2001
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List price: $5.95
Edition: 100th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

1906 bestseller shockingly reveals intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards as it tells the brutally grim story of a Slavic family that emigrates to America full of optimism but soon descends into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and despair. A fiercely realistic American classic that will haunt readers long after they've finished the last page.

Upton 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.

Introduction
Chronology of Upton Sinclair's Life and Work
Historical Context of The Jungle
The Jungle
Notes
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Critical Excerpts
Questions for Discussion
Suggestions for the Interested Reader

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