Synopses & Reviews
Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is a vivid portrait of life and death in a turn-of-the-century American meat-packing factory. A grim indictment that led to government regulations of the food industry, The Jungle is Sinclair's extraordinary contribution to literature and social reform.
The narrative of a young immigrant's plight in America exposes the horrifying working conditions in the Chicago meat-packing industry.
About the Author
Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) was born in Baltimore. At age fifteen, he began writing a series of dime novels in order to pay for his education at the City College of New York. He was later accepted to do graduate work at Columbia, and while there he published a number of novels, including The Journal of Arthur Stirling
(1903) and Manassas
(1904). Sinclair’s breakthrough came in 1906 with the publication of The Jungle
, a scathing indictment of the Chicago meat-packing industry. His later works include World’s End
(1940), Dragon’s Teeth
(1942), which won him a Pulitzer Prize, O Shepherd, Speak!
(1949) and Another Pamela
Ronald Gottesman was born in Boston and earned degrees from the University of Massachusetts and from Colgate and Indiana universities. He has taught literature, film studies, and humanities courses at Northwestern, Indiana, and Rutgers universities, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Southern California, where for nine years he directed the Center for the Humanities. Founding editor of the Quarterly Review of Film Studies and Humanities in Society, Professor Gottesman is editor and author of many articles and books on literature and film, including three on Upton Sinclair. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis.
Table of Contents
The Jungle Introduction by Ronald Gottesman
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text