Rubyfruit Jungle is a 1973 novel by Rita Mae Brown about Molly Bolt's coming of age. Molly is a lesbian who has an unstable relationship with her mother, Carrie, though her father, Carl, supports and encourages her. Molly has several same-sex relationships and eventually excels in high school, later earning a scholarship to the University of Florida. However, after her relationship with her roommate is revealed, Molly is denied the scholarship and moves to New York where she encounters other hardships as a lesbian.
The Beast in the Jungle is the story of John Marcher, a man preoccupied with the idea that he will be slain in a dramatic fashion. This foreboding dominates his life, lying in wait in his subconscious like the eponymous beast, and causes him to squander the affections and attention of May Bartram. John does not realize that the calamity he spent so long anticipating was in fact his own inability to settle down and love May in return.
The Jungle is a 1906 novel by Upton Sinclair about the hardships and injustices experienced by immigrants to the United States. The novel follows the Lithuanian family of Jurgis Rudkis, who come to Chicago and soon find themselves living and working in appalling impoverished conditions, mistreated by employers and denied help or opportunities to succeed. Though the family is perhaps destroyed beyond repair, in the end Jurgis finds hope in a group of socialists who eventually employ him.
The Jungle Book is a collection of connected vignettes by British author Rudyard Kipling. Its best-known stories follow the adventures of human foundling Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. Along with his animal mentors Mowgli wrestles with his identity as a human and with his allegiance to and affection for his adoptive family and the other creatures of the jungle. Kipling's stories reflect on British colonialism in India an on the magic inherent to the wild.
In the Jungle of Cities is a play about a metaphor-laden boxing match between two fighters, the timber mogul Schlink and the relatively impoverished book clerk George Garga. The action takes place in Chicago in 1912 and shows the many reversals of fortune between the two combatants, their friends, and their families. They struggle for supremacy and for mastery of the city, inflicting considerable damage on those around them until their rivalry finally spirals out of control.