The Selected Work Of Tom Paine - Thomas PaineThe Bodley Head, 1948, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper edgeworn with several short, some tape-backed now, tears and a tear across the top corner of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “FOLLOWING his biographical novel, Citizen Tom Paine, Howard Fast has edited the present selection from Paine’s writings. As might be expected, since they are his most famous and important works, ‘The Rights of Man’ and ‘The Age of Reason’ comprise the larger part of the book; in addition Mr. Fast has included ‘Common Sense,’ certain of ‘The Crisis Papers’ and the celebrated letter to Washington.
In his Introduction Mr. Fast writes : ‘The single most important clue to Paine’s writings is that they are dynamic. Before he ever wrote a word there were philosophers in plenty; in America, long before his time, such popular leaders as William Penn and Roger Williams had put the most advanced social and political theory of the age into practice. But there was a most important difference between the writing of those men and Paine’s writing — it may be summed up in this fashion:
‘They wrote abstractedly of the pattern of change; Paine wrote realistically of the method of change. They were philosophers who created political philosophy; Paine was a revolutionist who created a method for revolution. They moved men to thought; Paine moved men to thought and action. They dealt with theory and ideals; Paine dealt with the dynamics of one force playing against another’.
As this Selection admirably shows, Paine’s work is indeed dynamic ; it has an intensity and an inherent clear objectivity; much of it is surprisingly relevant to-day.”