The Jungle

Upton Sinclair (Author)


The Jungle is a 1906 novel written by the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968). Upton Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the changing lives of immigrants traveling to the United States and landing in Chicago or other industrialized cities.

Sinclair exposed shocking government and business corruption in this 1906 best seller. He worked undercover in the meatpacking Chicago stockyards to describe in true detail the horrific conditions among workers and the food they produced.

His work, intended as a message to promote socialism, instead caused changes in the food industry with laws signed by Theodore Roosevelt as the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. "I aimed at the public's heart," Sinclair wrote, "and by accident hit its stomach."

Product Details

Price: $12.94
Publisher: Value Classic Reprints
Published Date: October 07, 2016
Pages: 188
Dimensions: 5.98 X 0.56 X 9.02 inches | 0.99 pounds
ISBN: 9781945644061

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About the Author

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, to an impoverished family, Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) was a journalist, editor, political activist, politician, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. At the age of fourteen he enrolled at the City College of New York where, to pay for his education, he began his writing career. It was also during his college years that Sinclair discovered, and embraced, the philosophy that would inform his work, his life, and his political career as a formidable and progressive member of the Democratic Party during the Great Depression. But it was for his novel The Jungle--an unsparing indictment of the meatpacking industry--that Sinclair gained national prominence as one of the most influential muckrakers of the twentieth century.


"I aimed at the public's heart and by accident hit its stomach." - Upton Sinclair "The Uncle Tom's Cabin of wage slavery." - Jack London