The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The Uncensored Original Edition

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14 Critic Reviews

Yet it's nice to think that if he had lived a little longer, Sinclair might have had some second thoughts about the ideas he expressed in "The Jungle." Capitalism has served the huddled masses rather well.
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Synopsis

For nearly a century, the original version of Upton Sinclair's classic novel has remained almost entirely unknown. When it was published in serial form in 1905, it was a full third longer than the censored, commercial edition published in book form the following year. That expurgated commercial edition edited out much of the ethnic flavor of the original, as well as some of the goriest descriptions of the meat-packing industry and much of Sinclair's most pointed social and political commentary. The text of this new edition is as it appeared in the original uncensored edition of 1905. It contains the full 36 chapters as originally published, rather than the 31 of the expurgated edition. A new foreword describes the discovery in the 1980s of the original edition and its subsequent suppression, and a new introduction places the novel in historical context by explaining the pattern of censorship in the shorter commercial edition.
 

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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 (1950).
 
Published April 1, 2003 by See Sharp Press. 368 pages
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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by JOHN J. MILLER on Feb 23 2014

Yet it's nice to think that if he had lived a little longer, Sinclair might have had some second thoughts about the ideas he expressed in "The Jungle." Capitalism has served the huddled masses rather well.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by JOHN J. MILLER on Feb 23 2006

Although "The Jungle" is a work of fiction, Sinclair based it on seven weeks of interviews with slaughterhouse employees as well as clandestine visits to factories. The book was in fact a piece of muckraking reportage, presented in the form of a novel.

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Chicago Tribune

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on Jun 25 2011

"The Jungle" (Doubleday, Page & Co.) is an attempt to create a sensation by an attack on the stockyards and general conditions in Chicago...The book is strongly written in spots, but as a whole is crudely constructed and that it has as its object merely the propaganda of socialism is made clear by the last half dozen chapters...

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The New Republic

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Reviewed by JAMES T. FARRELL on Nov 03 1980

On the one hand, it is a work of exposure which condemns capitalism: on the other, it concludes with youthful idealism and hope in a relatively easy change of the capitalist system.

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Socialist Review

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Reviewed by Emma Davis on Jan 23 2016

...the lessons from The Jungle go far deeper than working conditions. Its depth lies in the descriptions of the destructive conditions of wage labour and the racism experienced by Eastern European immigrants.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by TheBoulder on Sep 28 2014

If this book does not deserve a five-star rating, than I’m not sure what book would deserve a five-star rating, because this is a perfect book.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by CornStarchAddict on Jun 01 2014

The Jungle, while depressing and foreboding, is a great novel, a classic that helped change America’s perceptions of its poor.

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EzineArticles

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Reviewed by Frank Cardello on Oct 04 2010

Sinclair uses conditions such as these in the stockyards effectively with hyperbole or exaggeration.

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EzineArticles

Excellent
Reviewed by Shane Dayton on Feb 29 2008

"The Jungle" is the perfect example of a lost art: an amazing fictional story illustrating a point far more greatly than non-fiction could hope to.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

Above average
on Nov 25 2012

If Sinclair stretches credibility a little bit...Most books written by an author on a soapbox suffer for it. The Jungle is a fine novel, and Upton Sinclair is quite good at presenting a dramatic, brutally gripping story that only starts really whacking you over the head with an explicit political message towards the end.

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Chicago Center For Literature And Photography

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Reviewed by Jason Pettus on Feb 16 2012

...a ponderous accidental self-parody that is just so unrelenting and overly obvious in portraying the inner sweetness and outer misery of its main characters...Definitely check it out if it sounds up your alley, but feel more than free to skip if you don't...

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Opinions of a Wolf Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by wolfshowl on Jun 30 2011

This book profoundly demonstrates how fiction can work for a cause and humanize, familiarize, and bring to home the faces and reality behind the issues of the day. I highly recommend this powerful work to all.

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Young Adult Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Gabby Bierlein on Dec 09 2010

I would definitely recommend The Jungle to history fans and anyone who is looking for a good book. Although the book is long, and there are some slow parts, it is well worth the read.

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Chew and Digest Books

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Reviewed by Gwen on Nov 08 2010

What I got from The Jungle- a meandering tale of what it meant to be an immigrant in the Boom Town of Chicago and probably many other large cities at the time. The pain, the struggle and the loss was something that 99.9% of people today just cannot fathom.

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