Skip to content

Robert Tressell - The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (2nd Hand Paperback)

Original price £4.20 - Original price £4.20
Original price
£4.20 - £4.20
Current price £4.20
SKU B002471

A sustained attack on selfish capitalism, and a Socialist critique of Edwardian England's social inequality, Robert Tressell's The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists includes an introduction by Tristram Hunt in Penguin Modern Classics.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists tells the story of a group of working men who are joined one day by Frank Owen, a journeyman-prophet with a vision of a just society. Indicting the 'philanthropy' of the working class, who toil solely for the benefit of their masters, and initiating them into the secrets of the 'Great Money Trick' which alienates them from their labour.

Owen's spirited attacks on the greed and dishonesty of the capitalist system rouse his fellow men from their political quietism.

A masterpiece of wit and political passion and one of the most authentic novels of English working class life ever written.

  • Format : Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Good (Obviously Read)
  • Category : Fiction - Classics
  • Published : 1914 (This Edition 2014 - Penguin Classics)
  • ISBN : 9780141187693
  • SKU : B002471
  • PPC : SP500gm
  • RRP : £9.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

'Some books seem to batter their way to immortality against all odds, by sheer brute artistic strength, and high up in this curious and honourable company must be counted The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. Robert Tressell's unfailing humour mixes with an unfailing rage and the two together make a truly Swiftian impact' - Evening Standard.

'A brilliant and very funny book' - The Spectator.

'It has always seemed to me a wonderful book' - George Orwell.

'The first great English novel about the class war . . . witty, humorous, instinctive and full of excitement, harmony and pathos' - Alan Sillitoe.

The Author

Robert Noonan, born Robert Croker and best known by the pen name Robert Tressell, was an Irish writer best known for his novel The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists. Tressell spent his entire early adult working life in South Africa.