Robert Tressell - Author
1870-1911
Irish
Every man who is not helping to bring about
a better state of affairs for the future
is helping to perpetuate the present misery.

Robert Tressell

On 3 February 1911, a 40 year-old signwriter and decorator called Robert Noonan died of tuberculosis in the Royal Infirmary in Liverpool. Without family or friends in the city, he received a pauper’s burial. Three hundred miles away, in a deed-box in Hastings, lay the handwritten manuscript of his unpublished novel, 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists'. The story of how this book became a major influence on socialist thinking is rather more remarkable than his life.

Books by Robert Tressell