Age of Reason

by Thomas Paine

Paine's original work was published in two parts in 1794 and 1795, titled Part First and Part II, and it sold very well in America. Part III was completed in the late 1790's, but Thomas Jefferson convinced Paine not to publish it in 1802, aware of the possible reprisals. Five years later Paine decided to publish despite the backlash he knew would ensue. It did not sell well.

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Part First

Part II

Part III

This work was first published by Mr. Paine, at New York, in 1807, and was the last of his writings edited by himself.