Upton Sinclair's novel "The Jungle," which inspired passage in 1906 of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act, stands as a classic of twentieth-century American literature and social protest. In this accessible and thorough edition by Christopher Phelps, a critical introduction addresses the wide range of issues raised by the text, including early twentieth-century working conditions, immigrant community, race and gender, political reform, and the continuing relevance of Sinclair's investigation. This edition uses the most widely recognized text of "The Jungle" -- the Doubleday, Page edition published in 1906 -- and provides an illuminating supporting document: President Theodore Roosevelt's delivery to Congress of the official report that confirmed "The Jungle"'s shocking allegations about the Chicago meatpacking industry. Questions for consideration, a chronology, and a selected bibliography help contextualize Sinclair's novel and provide students with resources for further study.
'Phelps has written an excellent introduction that places The Jungle in a multitude of political, social, and literary genres, thus making the book accessible to all sorts of readers and useful within a multiple set of academic disciplines.' -Nelson Lichtenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara 'This is a remarkably well-researched introduction, written with passion and intelligence.' - Michael Kazin, Georgetown University