A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, a novel portraying the harsh conditions and exploitation of immigrants in major US cities in the early twentieth century.
As a novel of the turn of the twentieth century, The Jungle reflects not only the American scene of Sinclair's young manhood but also many of his own life circumstances. It becomes important to view the novel in terms of both his life and his times. Moreover, Sinclair’s journalistic background provided him with the opportunity to expose corruption in business and government.
Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. (September 20, 1878– November 25, 1968) was an American writer who wrote nearly 100 books and other works in several genres. Sinclair's work was well known and popular in the first half of the 20th century, and he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943.