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Published: 15 May 2009

702 Pages | 1 halftone

ISBN: 9780199537471

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Robert Tressell
Edited by Peter Miles

Oxford World's Classics

  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is one of the best working-class novels in English, and the most popular. This new, critical edition reprints the restored version of the novel that was only published in full in 1955, having been savagely abridged for its initial publication in 1914.
  • Peter Miles has worked extensively on working-class literature and has taught it and written about it for some twenty years. His introduction provides biographical, social, political and literary background to the novel; draws on significant newly published research by other hands, and re-evaluates the part played in Tressell's book by pre-exisiting political propaganda.
  • Excellent notes highlight such matters as Tressell's lively interest in popular music of the day, his references to political issues, measures and figures of the 1910s and his immersion in both the Bible and socialist propaganda of the time.

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