Originally Posted by issybird
I'm nominating People of the Abyss, Jack London's account of living among London slumdwellers at the turn of the last century. It's a deeply effecting, highly shocking tale and influenced Orwell among others. It's in the public domain, so the price is right.
I'll provide the third for this. I wonder if this helped inspire Orwell to write The Road to Wigan Pier
I'd also like to nominate In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote.