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The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition | Upton Sinclair

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Image of The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition | Upton Sinclair
  • Image of The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition | Upton Sinclair
Upton Sinclair wanted to advance the cause of Socialism by showcasing the brutality, abuse and unhealthy, dangerous conditions people worked under at exploitative wages. Whereas Ralph Borsodi saw the factory itself as a inextricably dehumanizing curse, Upton Sinclair just thought it had the wrong owner.
The original edition—almost unknown since its appearance as a serial in 1905, and quickly suppressed upon its brief re-emergence in the 1980s—is a full third longer than the censored commercial edition. It contains 36 chapters rather than the 31 in the common expurgated version, and restores Sinclair's most pointed social and political commentary, additional gory descriptions of the meatpacking industry, ethnic color, and a large amount of material dealing with corporate crime and political corruption cut from the commercial edition. This edition also contains a new Foreword by Earl Lee dealing with the suppression of the original edition in 1905/1906 and again in the 1980s, and a new Introduction by Kathleen De Grave dealing at length with the pattern of and reasons for the cuts which resulted in the standard, expurgated edition.