About the Author

One of the most prolific writers in the history of American letters, Upton Beall Sinclair published 90 books and thousands of essays over the course […]


Sinclair became a devotee of socialism in 1903 and considered The Jungle a forum for examining capitalism’s exploitation of working men and women. The narrative […]


The Jungle takes place in the meat-packing plants, stockyards, and settlement houses of Chicago during the opening years of the 20th century. As much a […]

Themes and Characters

Before the publication of The Jungle, Sinclair commented in the Appeal, a Socialist journal, that his novel would “set forth the breaking of human hearts […]

Literary Qualities

Sinclair’s expose of Chicago’s meatpacking industry produced an immediate decrease in American meat consumption and soon led to the passage of stricter laws regulating the […]

Social Sensitivity

Upton Sinclair’s overwhelming concern was the betterment of society; art served as a tool for improving conditions among the working classes. First conceived of as […]