The Thomas Paine Reader

Paperback | December 1, 1987

byThomas PaineIntroduction byMichael Foot, Isaac Kramnick

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This major collection demonstrates the extent to which Thomas Paine was an inspiration to the Americans in their struggle for independence, a passionate supporter of the French Revolution and perhaps the outstanding English radical writer of his age. It contains all of Paine's major works including Rights of Man, his groundbreaking defence of the revolutionary cause in France; Common Sense, which won thousands over to the side of the American rebels; and the first part of The Age of Reason, a ferocious attack on Christianity. The shorter pieces—on capital punishment, social reform and the abolition of slavery—also confirm the great versatility and power of this master of democratic prose.

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Passionate and eloquent, compelling and versatile, Thomas Paine inspired the Americans in their battle for independence, supported the French Revolution and the greatest pioneering English thinkers. Penguin Classics: The Thomas Paine Reader includes all of his ultimate masterpieces in one volume. A brilliant defense of the French R...

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This major collection demonstrates the extent to which Thomas Paine was an inspiration to the Americans in their struggle for independence, a passionate supporter of the French Revolution and perhaps the outstanding English radical writer of his age. It contains all of Paine's major works including Rights of Man, his groundbreaking def...

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This collection focuses on Paine as the political theorist who was an inspiration to Americans in their struggle for independence, a great defender of individual rights, and the most incendiary of radical writers.

Thomas Paine (1737-1802) was born at Thetford, Norfolk in England, as a son of a Quaker. He immigrated to America in 1774. There he published works criticising the slavery and supporting American independence. He became very popular but returned to England where he became involved in the French Revolution. After that he returned to Ame...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:December 1, 1987Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140444963

ISBN - 13:9780140444964

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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The Thomas Paine Reader - Edited by Michael Foot and Isaac Kramnick Editors' Introduction: The Life, Ideology and Legacy of Thomas Paine
Paine's Writings:
1. The Case of the Officers of Excise (1772)
2. African Slavery in American (1775)
3. Reflections on the Life and Death of Lord Clive (1775)
4. Liberty Tree (1775)5. Common Sense (1776)
6. The American Crisis (1776-83)
7. Public Good (1780)
8. Six Letters to Rhode Island (1782-3)
9. Letter to the Abbé Raynal (1782)
10. Dissertations on Government, the Affairs of the Bank, and Paper Money (1786)
11. The Rights of Man (1791-2)
12. Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation (1792)
13. An Essay for the Use of New Republicans in Their Opposition to Monarchy (1792)
14. Reasons for Preserving the Life of Louis Capet (1793)
15. The Age of Reason, Part One (1794)
16. Dissertation on First Principles of Government (1795)
17. Agrarian Justice (1795)
18. Letter to George Washington (1795)
19. To the Citizens of the United States (1802-3)
20. The Construction of Iron Bridges (1803)
21. Constitutional Reform (1805)

From Our Editors

Passionate and eloquent, compelling and versatile, Thomas Paine inspired the Americans in their battle for independence, supported the French Revolution and the greatest pioneering English thinkers. Penguin Classics: The Thomas Paine Reader includes all of his ultimate masterpieces in one volume. A brilliant defense of the French Revolution, The Rights of Man skillfully outlines democratic values. Common Sense won thousands to the American rebels’ side with its sound principles and convincing reasoning. The infamous The Age of Reason ferociously attacked traditional Christianity. His remarkable works also discuss topics such as abolition, capital punishment and George Washington.