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Upton Sinclair

“You don’t have to be satisfied with America as you find it. You can change it,” wrote Upton Sinclair in 1962. He had spent his life doing just that through his writings and political activism. Born September 20, 1878, in Baltimore, Maryland, Sinclair began writing dime novels at the age of fifteen. By his death on November 25, 1968, he had completed more tan eighty books, twenty plays, and hundreds of articles dealing with virtually every social problem in the United States. He had helped establish the League for Industrial Democracy, gone to jail fighting for free speech a miner’s right... Read More

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The Jungle
Written by Upton Sinclair, Afterword by Barry Sears, Introduction by Alicia Mischa Renfroe
Signet | Paperback | March 2015
$5.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-451-47255-7 (0-451-47255-1)

Upton Sinclair's classic revelatory novel about turn-of-the-century business and immigrant labor practices.

Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant in search of a better life, faces instead an epic struggle for survival. His story of factory life in Chicago in the early twentieth century is a saga of barbarous working conditions, crushing... Read more






The Jungle
Written by Upton Sinclair, Illustrated by Charles Burns, Introduction by Eric Schlosser
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 2006
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-303958-7 (0-14-303958-X)

Upton Sinclair's dramatic and deeply moving story exposed the brutal conditions in the Chicago stockyards at the turn of the nineteenth century and brought into sharp moral focus the apalling odds against which immigrants and other working people struggled for their share of the American dream. Denounced by the conservative press... Read more






The Jungle
Written by Upton Sinclair, Afterword by Anthony Arthur, Introduction by Jane Jacobs
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | June 2006
$13.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7623-6 (0-8129-7623-1)

In this powerful book we enter the world of  Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant who arrives  in America fired with dreams of wealth, freedom,  and opportunity. And we discover, with him, the  astonishing truth about "packingtown," the  busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, where  new world visions perish in a jungle of human  suffering. Upton Sinclair, master of... Read more






The Jungle
Written by Upton Sinclair, Introduction by Ronald Gottesman
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 1985
$14.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-039031-5 (0-14-039031-6)

“Practically alone among the American writers of his generation, [Sinclair] put to the American public the fundamental questions raised by capitalism in such a way that they could not escape them.” —Edmund Wilson

When it was first published in 1906, The Jungle exposed the inhumane conditions of Chicago’s stockyards and the laborer’s... Read more






The Jungle
Written by Upton Sinclair, Contribution by Morris Dickstein
Bantam Classics | Paperback | September 1981
$5.95/8.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21245-7 (0-553-21245-1)

In this powerful book we enter the world of  Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant who arrives  in America fired with dreams of wealth, freedom,  and opportunity. And we discover, with him, the  astonishing truth about "packingtown," the  busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, where  new world visions perish in a jungle of human  suffering. Upton Sinclair, master of... Read more






Oil!
Written by Upton Sinclair
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | December 2007
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-311226-6 (0-14-311226-0)

There Will Be Blood wins a 2008 Golden Globes Award. Read about it here.

There Will Be Blood wins two 2008 Academy Awards. Read about it here.

Penguin Books is proud to now be the sole publisher of Oil!, the classic 1927 novel by Upton Sinclair. After writing The Jungle, his scathing indictment...

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