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Robert Tressell

Irish novelist and political activist

Died when: 40 years 292 days (489 months)
Star Sign: Aries


Robert Tressell

Robert Noonan (17 April 1870 – 3 February 1911), born Robert Croker and best known by the pen name Robert Tressell, was an Irish writer best known for his novel The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists.

Tressell spent his entire early adult working life in South Africa.It was in Johannesburg that he was drawn into labour organisation and socialist politics.

In Johannesburg, he was also involved with some of the leading protagonists of Irish nationalism.Having arrived back in England he worked as a painter and decorator in Hastings and wrote his novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, probably between 1906 and 1910, 'about exploitative employment when the only safety nets are charity, workhouse and grave.' George Orwell called it a wonderful book.

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