Great Lives Lecture Series & the Rare Book Room – Thomas Paine

Did you attend last week’s Great Lives lecture by Craig Nelson on the subject of Thomas Paine? If so (or even if not!), you might be interested in stopping by Special Collections & University Archives to view some of the items in our collection written by Thomas Paine and published during his lifetime. Paine (1737-1809) was a pamphleteer and political activist whose writings greatly influenced the American Revolution. He is often known for his most famous piece, Common Sense. Simpson Library’s rare book collection includes the following titles, all published in the 1790s:

The title page and table of contents from The Works of Thomas Paine (vol. 1), located in Special Collections & University Archives. This volume was published in 1797.

Stop by the reading room during our open hours or schedule an appointment to take a look at these publications!

Jamie Van Doren ’23 completed the digitization of pages from The Works of Thomas Paine (vol. 1) for this post.

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