The Jungle

By Upton Sinclair; Ronald Gottesman (Introduction by); Ronald Gottesman (Designed by)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140390315, 448pp.)

Publication Date: April 1985

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Description
"Practically alone among the American writers of his generation," wrote Edmund Wilson, " Sinclair] put to the American public the fundamental questions raised by capitalism in such a way that they could not escape them." When it was first published in 1906, "The Jungle" exposed the inhumane conditions of Chicago's stockyards and the laborer's struggle against industry and "wage slavery." It was an immediate bestseller and led to new regulations that forever changed workers' rights and the meatpacking industry. A direct descendant of Dickens's "Hard Times," it remains the most influential workingman's novel in American literature.



About the Author
Upton Sinclair (1878-1968), novelist and journalist, is best known for his novel about the Chicago meatpacking industry, ""The Jungle"." A paperback edition of his ""I, Candidate for Governor"" is available from California. Jules Tygiel is the author of ""The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal during the Roaring Twenties"" (paperback California, 1996) and ""The Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy"." He is Professor of History at San Francisco State University.

Gottesman is professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Gottesman is professor of English at the University of Southern California.
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