Thomas Paine: The Rights of Man (Part 1)

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When Edmund Burke published his Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man was only one of numerous outraged replies that followed. But its fame—and notoriety—was soon to eclipse all, including Burke’s own Reflections. Rights of Man, with Part 1 published in 1791 and Part 2 in 1792, would become the bestseller of the century, gaining new admirers and detractors for Paine as it was quickly translated into every European language. If the French intelligentsia admired him sufficiently to grant him citizenship and elect him to their National Assembly in 1792, British radicals would lionize him. At the same time, however, this growing admiration in his native England would also …

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Chiu, Frances. "The Rights of Man (Part 1)". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 February 2012
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