Tressell's masterful novel of class conflict and political awakening endures in its ferocity, scathing humour and powerful argument, as a group of working men are shown by a sage newcomer how their labour is exploited for others' gain.
Robert Tressell's spirited attack on selfish capitalism is a masterpiece of wit and political passion and one of the most authentic novels of English working class life ever written.
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 attacks on the greed and dishonesty of the capitalist system rouse his fellow men from their political quietism.
With an introduction by Tristram Hunt.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 784
Weight: 532 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm
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