The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists is a book by Robert Tressell first published in 1914 after his death in 1911. An explicitly political work, it is widely regarded as a classic of working-class literature. It placed seventy second in the 2003 The Big Read survey conducted by the BBC. The novel is set in the fictional town of Mugsborough, based on the southern English coastal town of Hastings, where Noonan lived, although its geographical location is described in the book and is well away from the actual town of Hastings. The original title page of the book carried the subtitle: "Being the story of twelve months in Hell, told by one of the damned, and written down by Robert Tressell." This edition has been formatted for your reader, with an active table of contents. It has also been annotated, with additional information about the work and also the author, including an overview, background, plot introduction, major themes, criticisms, adaptations, and biographical information.