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The Jungle, Upton Sinclair’s 1906 international bestseller, depicts in vivid detail the shocking labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in meat-packing factories of the era. This potent novel, a fictionalized account of Chicago’s Packingtown slum and the immigrant families who live and work there, was a catalyst for reform within the industry, and still retains its grisly impact.

Jurgis Rudkus, an impoverished Lithuanian immigrant, takes a lowly job at Brown’s slaughterhouse to support his young wife and their relatives. Once admiring America for its potential, Rudkus has found opportunities to be too far out of his reach. After being evicted, Rudkus is living in a slum and deeply in debt, unable to support his family. As he attempts to make ends meet, the oppressive working conditions and crippling poverty begin to take a toll on Rudkus and his family.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most famous, influential, and enduring of all muckraking novels.”

    Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “More telling and more moving than even the works of Dickens and Zola.”

    Atlantic Monthly

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About the Narrator

Michael Lackey has more than thirty-five years of professional theater and music experience. He is a stage veteran of more than forty productions and has performed with four companies of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, doing more than three thousand performances and playing the title role more than two hundred times. He can also be heard on national television as an announcer for skating specials on NBC and USA, as well as in several commercials.