Rights of Man and Common Sense (Hardcover)
The authorities in power in England during Thomas Paine’s lifetime saw him as an agent provocateur who used his seditious eloquence to support the emancipation of slaves and women, the demands of working people, and the rebels of the French and American Revolutions. History, on the other hand, has come to regard him as the figure who gave political cogency to the liberating ideas of the Enlightenment. His great pamphlets, Rights of Man and Common Sense, are now recognized for what they are–classic arguments in defense of the individual’s right to assert his or her freedom in the face of tyranny.
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About the Author
Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the America Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain.
H. G. Wells (1866?1946) was a professional writer and journalist who published more than a hundred books. He is widely considered the father of science fiction.
Gillian Beer is president of the British Comparative Literature Association.
Michael Foot is a former leader of the Labour Party in England and the author of numerous volumes of literary criticism.
Simon J. James is a lecturer in Victorian literature at the University of Durham.
John S. Partington is the editor of "The Wellsian," the annual journal of the H. G. Wells Society.
“[Thomas Paine] accepted [no] definitions or frontiers, claiming to be the first of a new breed necessary to save mankind and womankind: a citizen of the world . . . Well beyond his own lifetime it was the power of his pen that restored his vision of the world as it might be . . . America made Thomas Paine–and he helped to make America.” –from the Introduction by Michael Foot