“I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.” — Upton Sinclar

Published in 1906, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle was an almost overnight success. A book that tried to expose the dangers of capitalism and awaken America to a socialist future, instead had brought more attention to rotton sausage than wage slavery.

“The many admirers of the novel included Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who wrote in a letter, “that book of yours is unforgettable”; future British prime minister Winston Churchill, who, in one of two essays devoted to the novel, wrote that it “pierces the thickest skull and most leathery heart”; George Bernard Shaw, who expressed his regard for Sinclair and The Jungle in his preface to Major Barbara; Bertolt Brecht, whose plays In the Jungle of the Cities and St. Joan of the Stockyards seem clearly to have been influenced by the novel; Eugene Debs, who wrote that The Jungle “marks an epoch”; and, most notably, President Theodore Roosevelt.”…. Continue reading at: Mother Jones: The Jungle at 100

“What is shocking today is how little conditions have changed. In 2006, just as in 1906, neither farmed animals nor consumers are protected from the meat and slaughter industries.” excerpt from The Jungle Revisited

The book is still read today in annual numbers that rival the bestseller lists. What does it say to us after 100 years? Join us in a group discussion of The Jungle at Gayles Chocolates in Royal Oak on August 30. For more information call:248-968-1190.


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