by Upton Sinclair
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap 1906
Number of pages: 436
Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is a vivid portrait of life and death in a turn-of-the-century American meat-packing factory. A grim indictment that led to government regulations of the food industry, The Jungle is Sinclair's extraordinary contribution to literature and social reform.
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by Frederic Stewart Isham - The Bobbs-Merrill Company
The hero is a young man who voluntarily gives up his millions to start at the bottom. For Horatio Heatherbloom -- which, as you may guess, was not really his name -- wealth had formed a handicap. So he went to work with his hands and his brain.
by William Dean Howells - eBooks@Adelaide
About the materialistic rise of Silas Lapham from rags to riches. Silas earns a fortune in the paint business, but he lacks social standards, and morals, which he tries to attain through his daughter's marriage to an aristocratic Corey family.
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by Kate Chopin - H. S. Stone & company
The Awakening is a short novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. It so disturbed critics and the public that it was banished for decades afterward. This brief novel is widely considered to be a proto-feminist precursor to American modernism.