Robert Tressel’s book has influenced many thousands

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A hundred years ago, Robert Tressel died in Hastings. His book, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, has influenced thousands of readers since it came out in 1914, three years after his death.

Frank identifies their role as people whose task it was to make their employers wealthy – which made them philanthropists.

Former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn says: ‘I have given this book to many, many people.

‘And all the recipients have been as inspired by it as I have.’