The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

By Robert Tressell

  • Release Date: 1911-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 86 Ratings
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The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists is a novel by Robert Tressell first published in 1914 after his death in 1911. An explicitly political work, it is widely regarded as a classic of working-class literature.


  • The Ragged trousered philanthropists

    By kone-donkey
    Excellent read. Really impressed with this book, which has no doubt suffered historically due to it’s Socialist tone, being at times censored and heavily edited, showing how powerful it really is as an essay against the evils of Capitalism. Full of Dickensian type characters, and not overtly sentimental (although it does have it’s moments!) it’s a great piece of English Literature, and I would highly recommend it.
  • Food for Thought

    By Mbf199t
    An interesting read, witty in points and difficult to understand at times because of old London speak, but certainly gets you thinking about the 'present system'.
  • The ragged trousered philanthropists

    By Wolwin
    Every politician and every would be politician should read this. Nothing has changed just the numbers.
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

    By Kevin12345435
    A thought provoking story which every politician should read.
  • Great book!

    By WildflowerJo
    Funny and very sad - when are the majority going to get it? Socialism rules! (Or bloody should do!)
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

    By Hyd_from_Salop
    No wonder early publishers refused this. It needs some serious editing for repetition. It is too long. Nevertheless, it has some interesting social commentary. "Tressell's" wished-for demise of capitalism did not happen; I wonder if the demographics, changed so few years later, strengthened capitalism both in the production of war goods and the loss of men ... indicated in this text as 'spare capacity'. The economic crash of the 20s and 30s seemed to do no long-term harm to capitalism. In the century since writing, socialism seems to have risen and collapsed. Yet, yes, we have capitalism modified by social ideas. I will have to take onboard the vitriol lavished on nominal Christianity. Some points are well made; I hope some actions are more Christ-like. I would like to find a study guide that might enlighten me on some issues, though to re-read the whole book is more than my patience would permit.
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist

    By Greevesy
    Don't be put off by he title this is an amazing book especially for those socialists or Trade Unionist amongst us. An amazing insight into an era of mass unemployment, poor working conditions and even worse pay with everything being cut reducing people to kill their family and then commit suicide rather than watch them starve to death. The rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, sound familier?