Robert Tressell was the pen name of Robert Noonan, an Irish writer best known for his novel 'The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists'. This book is a classic of working-class literature and provides a detailed account of the lives of a group of house painters, exploring themes of poverty, political activism, and socialism. Tressell died in 1911 before his novel was published, but it has since become a seminal work, recognized for its influence on British social thought.
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"The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" is a semi-autobiographical novel that explores the lives of a group of working men in the fictional town of Mugsborough, and their struggle to survive in a society marred by poverty and exploitation. The story primarily focuses on a socialist protagonist who endeavors to enlighten his fellow workers about capitalism's inherent flaws and the necessity for social change, all while battling the dire conditions of his own life. The novel is a critique of capitalism and a call for a socialist revolution.