Author: F.C. Ball
Title: One of the Damned (The Life and Times of Robert Tressell author of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists)
Publication: First UK Edition 1st Impression Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson London 1973…………… (See Pictures)
Condition Of Book and Dust-Jacket : This is a Very Good Copy of this Book in brown coloured boards with gilt title lettering to spine in a Very Good Dust-Jacket that has one closed tear to the top edge of the upper cover.Not price clipped and with no previous namesd or inscriptions present.The book contains loosely laid in at the front letters concerning Tressell’s Daughter Kathleen who at the time of the book’s publication was still alive but living impoverished,and the letters also includes the award of a Television set for her.Not price clipped with £5 showing to the inner flap.This copy has NO previous owner’s names or inscriptions present.There is some spotting and age toning to the text.8vo 266pp First Edition 1st Impression  NB: Tressell of Mugsborough Robert Tressell was the non de plume of Robert Noonan a house painter who was the illegitimate son of Mary Ann Noonan and Samuel Croker.Born in Dublin in 1870 and settled in England in 1901 after a short spell living and working in South Africa.He chose the pen name Tressell in reference to the trestle being an important part of his kit as a painter and decorator.Based on his own experiences of poverty, exploitation and his complete terror that he and his daughter, Kathleen whom he was raised alone—would be consigned to the workhouse if he fell ill, Noonan embarked on a detailed and scathing analysis of the relationship between working-class people and their employers. The “philanthropists” of the title are the workers who, in his view acquiesce in their own exploitation in the interests of their bosses.The novel is set in the fictional town of Mugsborough a small place near Hastings in Sussex.
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