The Jungle | Critical Essay by Eric Homberger

This literature criticism consists of approximately 37 pages of analysis & critique of The Jungle.
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Critical Essay by Eric Homberger

SOURCE: Homberger, Eric. “Upton Sinclair.” In American Writers and Radical Politics, 1900-39: Equivocal Commitments, pp. 34-58.New York: St. Martin's Press, 1986.

In the following essay, Homberger analyzes The Jungle as Sinclair's first novel after his conversion to socialism.

‘American literature today’, wrote Gertrude Atherton in 1904, ‘is the most timid, the most anaemic, the most lacking in individualities, the most bourgeois that any country has ever known.’1 A modestly successful and highly industrious lady scribbler, with over fifty books under her belt in a career which continued for a half-century from 1892, Mrs Atherton waved the banner of a high and serious art. She advised her contemporaries to abandon the snug and the conventional; writers must learn to ‘fight unceasingly’ for literature, and face the prospect of having ‘to stand absolutely...

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