The Jungle

The Jungle

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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  • 432 Pages
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Upton Sinclair’s dramatic and deeply moving story exposed the brutal conditions in the Chicago stockyards at the turn of the nineteenth century and brought into sharp moral focus the apalling odds against which immigrants and other working people struggled for their share of the American dream. Denounced by the conservative press as an un-American libel on the meatpacking industry, the book was championed by more progressive thinkers, including then president Theodore Roosevelt, and was a major catalyst to the passing of the Pure Food and Meat Inspection act, which has tremendous impact to this day.

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The Jungle

The Jungle

Upton Sinclair, Illustrator: Charles Burns, Introduction by: Eric Schlosser


“When people ask me what has happened in my long lifetime I do not refer them to the newspaper files and to the authorities, but to [Sinclair’s] novels.” —George Bernard Shaw


Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
James Joyce
Illustrator: Roman Muradov
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
George Eliot
Mary Karr
Illustrator: Brian Rea

Table of Contents

The JungleIntroduction by Ronald Gottesman
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text

The Jungle

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