"Is 'The Jungle' True?" - Upton Sinclair - The Independent

"Is 'The Jungle' True?" - Upton Sinclair - The Independent

by: Upton Sinclair | publication date: May 17, 1906 | Publication: The Independent |

"The question is," says The Independent reviewer, "how seriously shall we take this story of life in the packing house district of Chicago?" That seems to be the question with a great many people. For the past year, ever since the story began appearing serially, I have been receiving half a dozen letters a day asking it; so that if a public answer serves no other purpose, it will at least help to lighten the burden of my mail.

In this article for The Independent, Sinclair asserts that life in Packingtown is as he describes it in The Jungle and assures his readers that although the family he depicts in his book is fictional, the details and attitudes of his characters are true to life.

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