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Upton Sinclairand#8217;s muckraking masterpiece The Jungle centers on Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant working in Chicagoand#8217;s infamous Packingtown. Instead of finding the American Dream, Rudkus and his family inhabit a brutal, soul-crushing urban jungle dominated by greedy bosses, pitiless con-men, and corrupt politicians.

While Sinclairand#8217;s main target was the industryand#8217;s appalling labor conditions, the reading public was most outraged by the disgusting filth and contamination in American food that his novel exposed. As a result, President Theodore Roosevelt demanded an official investigation, which quickly led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug laws. For a work of fiction to have such an impact outside its literary context is extremely rare. (At the time of The Jungleand#8217;s publication in 1906, the only novel to have led to social change on a similar scale in America was Uncle Tomand#8217;s Cabin.)

Today, The Jungle remains a relevant portrait of capitalism at its worst and an impassioned account of the human spirit facing nearly insurmountable challenges.

Maura Spiegel teaches literature and film at Columbia University and Barnard College. She is the coauthor of The Grim Reader and The Breast Book: An Intimate and Curious History. She coedits Literature and Medicine, a journal.

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Upton Sinclair's muckraking masterpiece "The Jungle centers on Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant working in Chicago's infamous Packingtown. Instead of finding the American Dream, Rudkus and his family inhabit a brutal, soul-crushing urban jungle dominated by greedy bosses, pitiless conmen, and corrupt politicians. While Sinclair's main target was the meatpacking industry's appalling labor conditions, the reading public was most outraged by the disgusting filth and contamination that his novel exposed. As a result, President Theodore Roosevelt demanded an official investigation, which led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug laws. For a novel to have such an impact outside its literary context is extremely rare. Today, "The Jungle remains a relevant portrait of capitalism at its worst and an impassioned account of the human spirit facing nearly insurmountable challenges.

About the Author

Maura Spiegel teaches literature and film at Columbia University and Barnard College. She is the coauthor of The Grim Reader and The Breast Book: An Intimate and Curious History. She coedits Literature and Medicine, a journal.

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ISBN:
9781593080082
Author:
Sinclair, Upton
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble Classics
Introduction by:
Spiegel, Maura
Introduction:
Spiegel, Maura
Illustrator:
Spiegel, Maura
Author:
Spiegel, Maura
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Working class
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
LITERATURE - LIT CLASSICS TRD PB
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperbound
Series:
Barnes and Noble Classics
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 1 in

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"Synopsis" by , Upton Sinclair's muckraking masterpiece "The Jungle centers on Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant working in Chicago's infamous Packingtown. Instead of finding the American Dream, Rudkus and his family inhabit a brutal, soul-crushing urban jungle dominated by greedy bosses, pitiless conmen, and corrupt politicians. While Sinclair's main target was the meatpacking industry's appalling labor conditions, the reading public was most outraged by the disgusting filth and contamination that his novel exposed. As a result, President Theodore Roosevelt demanded an official investigation, which led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug laws. For a novel to have such an impact outside its literary context is extremely rare. Today, "The Jungle remains a relevant portrait of capitalism at its worst and an impassioned account of the human spirit facing nearly insurmountable challenges.
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