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Thomas Paine's Day Job While Writing Common Sense: Editor of the Pennsylvania Magazine
[THOMAS PAINE].Bound Volume. Pennsylvania Magazine; or American Monthly Museum. Volume 1. January-December 1775. Philadelphia, Pa., R. Aitken, 1775. 5 x 8¼ in.Twelve issues and one supplement, a complete run of the first year. 625, [5] pp., including title signature and the supplement, plus fifteen plates. without a leaf numbered 285-286, but the text uninterrupted and evidently complete (apparently a mis-pagination at the time of printing).Historical BackgroundThe Pennsylvania Magazine was the only magazine issued in the American colonies for most of the crucial years of 1775 and 1776 (the only other one being The Royal American Magazine, which ceased publication in March 1775). It was conceived and founded by Robert Aitken, best known for his work as a printer for the Continental Congress. Aitken hired Thomas Paine to edit the magazine, at the paltry sum of £50 a year, just a few months after the radical writer's arrival in America (in December 1774). Paine would edit the publication from February of 1775 to May of 1776. He was also a major contributor, writing Revolutionary essays, political analyses, poems and descriptions of new inventions. Paine wrote under the initials "A.B." and various other pseudonyms, and sometimes with no byline.Paine scholar William M. Van der Weyde observes that, under Paine's editorship, the magazine "was sprightly and interesting, and had, moreover, real literary merit…. [I]n his early literary work…we may clearly trace the keen mind and forceful pen which were soon to give the world some of its most distinguished w … [Click Below for Full Description]
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