Rights of Man

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by Thomas Paine

In many respects Rights of Man is a disordered mix of narrative, principled argument, and rhetorical appeal—betraying the composite materials Paine used and the speed with which it was composed. But the vigorous and trenchant style in which it was written accounts for its huge success. It was quickly reprinted and widely circulated, with copies being read aloud in inns and coffee houses, so that by May some 50,000 copies were said to be in circulation. Of the 300 or more pamphlets which the revolution controversy spawned, Rights of Man was the first seriously to damage Burke's case and to restore credit to the French both in Britain and America. [1]

Bibliographic Information

Author: Thomas Paine

Title: Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution

Publication Info: 8th ed. London: Printed for J.S. Jordan, 1791.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in early nineteenth century full tan diced calf binding. Spine with raised bands, brown title label, gilt. Purchased from Paul Foster-ABA.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

External Links

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  1. Mark Philp, ‘Paine, Thomas (1737–1809)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2008 accessed 27 June 2013