The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropist

Robert Tressell was a great writer whose class position meant he died without knowing the appreciation of his work.

Illustration by Phil Wrigglesworth

Robert Tressell, the author of the classic socialist novel The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists, was one of the most influential writers in twentieth-century England. Yet, for decades after his death, hardly anyone knew who he was. He died February 3, 1911, in Liverpool Royal Infirmary, and was buried a week later in a pauper’s grave. The book […]

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