The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition

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See Sharp Press, 2003 - Fiction - 335 pages
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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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Desperate to secure a publisher, Sinclair reluctantly edited down the original manuscript for this book. See Sharp's edition is the first to reinsert five whole chapters and additional missing passages to present the 1906 masterpiece as intended. (LJ 4/15/03) ... Read full review

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I am very glad I read this book, & very glad I read it as an adult. I would not have appreciated it in high school. Very interesting look at politics and life at the turn of the century & the hisotical value of this book is really incredible. I really am amazed at how one book brought about so much change. Upton Sinclair is terribly serious in his writing, making a sad story almost unbearably depressing at times. Any hint of humor is used as sarcasm which leave a bitter taste while reading. I enjoyed the story of Jurgis and his family and hearing of their fight for survival. But the real point of the book was Sinclairs push for Socialism, which is a constant in the book that he goes back to from time to time, and then ends the book with such thick propaganda that you lose the story line completely while he is forcing in speaches advocating against Capatalism. It was an interesting way to learn about the Socialist movement, but unfortunately he let it ruin the ending of the story by getting carried away with his political agenda. Not a fabulous read, but I'd still recommend it for the just for it's historical value in American politics.  

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Upton Sinclair was a journalist and the author of over two dozen books, including The Brass Check, King Coal, and Oil!. He was a prominent social and political activist who narrowly missed being elected governor of California in 1934.

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