The Thomas Paine Reader    -     Edited By: Michael Foot
    By: Thomas Paine
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The Thomas Paine Reader

Edited By: Michael Foot
Penguin Books / 1987 / Paperback

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All of Paine's masterpieces are included here: The Rights of Man, a magnificent defence of the French Revolution against Edmund Burke and, according to A.J.P. Taylor, "the best statement of the democratic belief in any language"; Common Sense, whose "sound doctrine and unanswerable reasoning" won thousands to the side of the American rebels; and The Age of Reason, a notoriously fierce attack on traditional Christianity. Paine's extraordinary versatility and power are equally obvious in his shorter but deeply influential occasional writings - on the abolition of slavery and capital punishment, on constitutional and agarian reform, on George Washington, bridge-building and many more other topics.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 544
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1987
Dimensions: 8.12 X 5.12 X 1.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0140444963
ISBN-13: 9780140444964
UPC: 051488015000
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Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, England, in 1737, the son of a staymaker. He had little schooling and worked at a number of jobs, including tax collector, a position he lost for agitating for an increase in excisemens pay. Persuaded by Benjamin Franklin, he emigrated to America in 1774. In 1776 he began his American Crisis series of thirteen pamphlets, and also published the incalculably influential Common Sense, which established Paine not only as a truly revolutionary thinker, but as the American Revolutions fiercest political theorist. In 1787 Paine returned to Europe, where he became involved in revolutionary politics. In England his books were burned by the public hangman. Escaping to France, Paine took part in drafting the French constitution and voted against the kings execution. He was imprisoned for a year and narrowly missed execution himself. In 1802 he returned to America and lived in New York State, poor, ill and largely despised for his extremism and so-called atheism (he was in fact a deist). Thomas Paine died in 1809. His body was exhumed by William Cobbett, and the remains were taken to England for a memorial burial. Unfortunately, the remains were subsequently lost.

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