The Jungle

By Upton Sinclair; Anthony Arthur (Afterword by); Jane Jacobs (Introduction by)
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780812976236, 388pp.)

Publication Date: June 6, 2006

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In this powerful book we enter the world of Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant who arrives in America fired with dreams of wealth, freedom, and opportunity. And we discover, with him, the astonishing truth about "packingtown," the busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, where new world visions perish in a jungle of human suffering. Upton Sinclair, master of the "muckraking" novel, here explores the workingman's lot at the turn of the century: the backbreaking labor, the injustices of "wage-slavery," the bewildering chaos of urban life. "The Jungle," a story so shocking that it launched a government investigation, recreates this startling chapter if our history in unflinching detail. Always a vigorous champion on political reform, Sinclair is also a gripping storyteller, and his 1906 novel stands as one of the most important -- and moving -- works in the literature of social change.

"From the Paperback edition.

About the Author
Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) was an American author who wrote more than 100 books. His most popular was undoubtedly The Jungle. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943.

Anthony Arthur is the author of numerous works of history, including "Deliverance at Los Banos, Bushmaster", and "The Tailor-King". He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1980 and lives in Woodland Hills, California.

Jane Jacobs's books include "The Nature of Economies and The Death" and "Life of Great American Cities," both of which are available in Modern Library clothbound editions. She lives in Toronto.

Praise For The Jungle

“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

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