The Jungle

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The Jungle

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The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition, by Upton Sinclair. The original edition—almost unknown since its appearance as a serial in 1905, and quickly suppressed upon its brief re-emergence in the 1980s—is a full third longer than the censored commercial edition. It contains 36 chapters rather than the 31 in the common expurgated version, and restores Sinclair's most pointed social and political commentary, additional gory descriptions of the meatpacking industry, ethnic color, and a large amount of material dealing with corporate crime and political corruption cut from the commercial edition. This edition also contains a new Foreword by Earl Lee dealing with the suppression of the original edition in 1905/1906 and again in the 1980s, and a new Introduction by Kathleen De Grave dealing at length with the pattern of and reasons for the cuts which resulted in the standard, expurgated edition.

The Modern Library edition, the standard edition published in Upton Sinclair's lifetime, has an introduction by Jane Jacobs and an afterword by Anthony Arthur.

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An ardent activist, champion of political reform, novelist, and progressive journalist, Upton Sinclair is perhaps best known today for The Jungle— his devastating exposé of the meat-packing industry. A protest novel he privately published in 1906, the book was a shocking revelation of intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards. It quickly became a bestseller, arousing public sentiment and resulting in such federal legislation as the Pure Food and Drug Act.|The brutally grim story of a Slavic family who emigrates to America, The Jungle tells of their rapid and inexorable descent into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and social and economic despair. Vulnerable and isolated, the family of Jurgis Rudkus struggles — unsuccessfully — to survive in an urban jungle.
A powerful view of turn-of-the-century poverty, graft, and corruption, this fiercely realistic American classic is still required reading in many history and literature classes. It will continue to haunt readers long after they've finished the last page.

Reprint of the 1906 edition.

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