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The Jungle : Bedford Cultural Editions - Upton Sinclair

The Jungle

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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.

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'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

A Note about the Text
Introduction: Upton Sinclair and the Social Novel Into
The Jungle
Muckraking and Reform in the Progressive Era
The Politics of Socialism and Labor
The Novel as Social History: Immigration, Ethnicity, Gender, and Race in The Jungle
The Jungle as Literature
Upton Sinclair and the Legacy of The Jungle Is It Still True?
The Jungle
Related Document
Charles P. Neill and James Bronson Reynolds, Conditions in Chicago Stock Yards, June 4, 1906
An Upton Sinclair Chronology (1878âÇô1968
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ISBN: 9780312400378
ISBN-10: 0312400373
Series: Bedford Cultural Editions
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st February 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 14.33  x 0.81
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1