The Best English-Language Fiction of the Twentieth Century
A Composite List and Ranking
by Brian Kunde


<- Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
         Full name: Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr.. American author born in Baltimore, Maryland. Noted for numerous works of fiction and nonfiction espousing progressive causes, his socialism, and an unsuccessful bid for Governor of California in 1934. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943 for Dragon's Teeth (1942), a novel covering the Nazi takeover of Germany.
  • <- The Jungle. 1906.
             Muckraking novel exposing harsh practices in the Chicago meatpacking industry in the early 20th century. Lithuanian immigrant Jurgis Rudkus hopes to find freedom and prosperity in America, but instead finds himself trapped in a downward spiral of wage slavery leaving him unable to support his family. Fired after a work injury and imprisoned after attacking his wife's boss for raping her, he loses her and their children to death and lapses into despair until a Socialist lecture instills him with renewed hope and purpose. The book is credited with sparking the public outcry that led to passage of the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. Adapted to silent film in 1914.

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