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Thomas Paine - Author
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

Thomas Paine

Born in Norfolk, Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809) emigrated to the British colonies in America in 1774, in time to support and participate in the fight for American independence. Subseqently, he became involved in the French Revolution, and his book 'The Rights of Man' earned the respect of liberals throughout the world, international repute and the ire of the British Government. His popularity suffered a complete collapse with the publication of 'The Age of Reason', with its attack on Christianity, and religion in general, although, in time, the book could be seen to reflect the underlying trend in American thought in the eighteenth century, and 'The Rights of Man' to define many of the principles of both of the revolutions in whuch he participated.