Frances A. Chiu, the author of The Routledge Guidebook to Paine’s Rights of Man, is a cultural historian who studies 18th-and 19th-century Gothic/horror as well as British reform and radicalism. She has published in such peer-reviewed journals as 18th-century Life and Romanticism on the Net and is currently at work on a new book, Reading the Gothic: Matthew Lewis’ Monk. Frances teaches at The New School.
Dec. 2, 2021
For most Americans, Thomas Paine is the radical Englishman, and former tax collector, who published Common Sense in early 1776. His claim that hereditary monarchy was an absurdity and that the “cause of America was in great …