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Thomas Paine: A Collection of Unknown Writings [Paperback]

Hazel Burgess
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January 19, 2010 0230239714 978-0230239715
This collection offers a glimpse of Thomas Paine, the eighteenth-century radical pamphleteer, as has not been seen, either publicly or privately, in over 200 years. Introduced by a unique biography, those readers familiar with his writings may be surprised at the topics, personal thoughts, and romantic themes to which he applied his ever-to-hand, rarely dry, goose quill pen. From personal correspondence and poetry, to one piece revealing his true thoughts on the monarchical system of Britain, and a book-length inflammatory pamphlet, Paine is shown to be an even more enigmatic figure than previously known.

Two recently discovered portraits of Paine, one of a proudly-confident, middle aged man of Philadelphia and the other an elegantly-dressed, older, gentleman of Paris, add mystery to this book, a mystery yet to be solved. Hazel Burgess's additions to the Paine corpus are indispensable reading to those interested in eighteenth-century transatlantic history.

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'Burgess provides the finely detailed explanations of the circumstances in which most of the pieces were published ... A Collection of Unknown Writings suggests that we need not perfectly understand an individual to understand or appreciate their writings.' - TLS

About the Author

HAZEL BURGESS  is an Australian researcher with undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Sydney. She has spent many years searching for the truth of the private individual behind the public face of the eighteenth-century radical pamphleteer, Thomas Paine. This collection of hitherto unknown and few little-known writings reveals glimpses of the man of whom history knows little.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230239714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230239715
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Little more than a "say so." April 27, 2010
This book simply does not meet up to the claims of either the publisher or editor. Most works in this collection are NOT unknown and a good deal were demonstrably not written by Paine. Honestly, I believe it should not have been published since unsuspecting and ill-informed (students among them) are likely to be mislead. A full review just published in the Journal of Radical History of the Thomas Paine Society is available online with an easy search.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read. June 22, 2010
More than scholarly, this book breathes new life into the story of Thomas Paine. Apart from the new works presented and others already in print, and not seen in former collections of his work, Hazel Burgess's explanatory editorial apparatus refreshingly reveals Paine as an ordinary mortal without detracting from his literary genius. I was fascinated to learn more of the man himself in all his moods.

This book makes sense of a previously mysterious and contradictory character who was not quite credible. An excellent read.
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