Remembering Robert Tressell

(February 09, 2011)

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A number of events last week marked the 100th anniversary of the death of socialist writer Robert Tressell, whose seminal work “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” has inspired many to political activism over the years. 

Tressell was Irish, but died in Liverpool aged 41, en route to Canada, and was buried in a pauper’s grave in Walton.  "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" was published posthumously in 1914.

Steve was keen to join others in paying tribute and on Saturday gave a talk at Walton Library, explaining how Tressell’s social commentary had influenced him and his politics.  Liverpool City councillor Paul Clein (pictured above, with Steve) also spoke at the event, providing his own personal review of the book and its impact.

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