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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a book about work and the meaning of life. It is full of metaphor and allegory, and no image demonstrates Tressell’s feelings about the meaning of work more completely than the drawing room at Mr Sweater’s house, which Owen decorates...

Owen’s practical demonstration of Marx’s theory of surplus economics is possibly the most famous scene in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. It is a powerful moment, told with great humour. It laid bare the ‘trick’ that the capitalist class uses to extort labour from the working...

Mr Sweater, the Mayor The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a realistic novel, but at the same time it is an allegory or mythical representation of a wider problem. The town of Mugsborough represents the whole of capitalist democratic society, just as Manor Farm can represent the...

Pie Shop in the Rain I love Autumn. There is nothing better than feeling cosy at home with a bit of wind and rain buffeting about outside, with the promise of new pencil cases and Cash’s name tapes spread across the kitchen table.  Elsie Linden fetching soup This...

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell is rightly known as a working class classic. But too often it is described as the story of the political awakening of a group of working men. The most famous passages of the book are the political ‘lectures’...