The Jungle by Upton SinclairFor nearly a century, the original version of Upton Sinclairs classic novel has remained almost entirely unknown.
When it was published in serial form in 1905, it was a full third longer than the censored, commercial edition published in book form the following year. That expurgated commercial edition edited out much of the ethnic flavor of the original, as well as some of the goriest descriptions of the meat-packing industry and much of Sinclairs most pointed social and political commentary.
The text of this new edition is as it appeared in the original uncensored edition of 1905.
It contains the full 36 chapters as originally published, rather than the 31 of the expurgated edition.
A new foreword describes the discovery in the 1980s of the original edition and its subsequent suppression, and a new introduction places the novel in historical context by explaining the pattern of censorship in the shorter commercial edition.
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (Book Summary) - Minute Book Report
7 Things You May Not Know About “The Jungle”
Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle to expose the appalling working conditions in the meat-packing industry. His description of diseased, rotten, and contaminated meat shocked the public and led to new federal food safety laws. Before the turn of the 20th century, a major reform movement had emerged in the United States. Known as progressives, the reformers were reacting to problems caused by the rapid growth of factories and cities. Progressives at first concentrated on improving the lives of those living in slums and in getting rid of corruption in government. By the beginning of the new century, progressives had started to attack huge corporations like Standard Oil, U. Steel, and the Armour meat-packing company for their unjust practices.
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Unlike most other muckrakers, such as Ida Tarbell and Lincoln Steffens, Sinclair mainly wrote fiction. Yet he reported his books much like a journalist. Sinclair embraced socialism wholeheartedly within months of being introduced to it, and, except for a brief interlude during World War I, he would remain a committed member of the Socialist Party of America for decades thereafter. Appeal to Reason never printed the ending, however, due to tepid reader response. The book differs in many respects from the newspaper serial. At first, his solution to everything is to work harder.
The Jungle is a novel by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair — His primary purpose in describing the meat industry and its working conditions was to advance socialism in the United States. Sinclair famously said of the public reaction, "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach. The book depicts working-class poverty, the lack of social supports, harsh and unpleasant living and working conditions, and a hopelessness among many workers. These elements are contrasted with the deeply rooted corruption of people in power. Sinclair was considered a muckraker , or journalist who exposed corruption in government and business. He first published the novel in serial form in in the Socialist newspaper Appeal to Reason , and it was published as a book by Doubleday in