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1943. 341 pp, 22 cm, copyright page: "first edition", [black cloth, silver lettering]. Duell, Sloan & Pearce. New York. ($2.75)*

Introduction by Carl Van Doren
The Living Library edition, World Pub. Co., 1943

Elmer Rice's Citizen Tom Paine review
New York Times Book Review - Sunday, April 25, 1943

Dorothy Canfield's Citizen Tom Paine review
Book-of-the-Month Club News - May, 1943

Alan Benoit's Citizen Tom Paine review
New Masses - July, 1943

School Ban Asked on 'Citizen Paine'
The New York Times - Feb. 5, 1947

Two Groups Protest Ban on 'Tom Paine'
The New York Times - Feb. 26, 1947

EDUCATION BOARD BANS 'PAINE' BOOK
The New York Times - Feb. 27, 1947

Andrew Macdonald on Citizen Tom Paine
in Howard Fast: A Critical Companion (1996)

 
Duell, Sloan & Pearce printing history :
(based on a list from the 1953 Blue Heron Press edition):
1st1943
2nd1943
3rd1943 (April)
4th1944
5th1945
6th1945
7th1946
8th1949

 

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1943. 341 pp, 22 cm, copyright page: "Second printing, March, 1943" [black cloth, silver lettering]. Duell, Sloan & Pearce. New York. ($2.75)*
1943. 341 pp, 22 cm, title page: "Book Find Club Edition" [black cloth, red lettering]. (Duell, Sloan & Pearce on spine, tp). Book Find Club, New York.*
1943. 341 pp, 21.1 cm, War Edition (3rd), [black cloth, silver lettering]. Duell, Sloan & Pearce. New York. ($2.75)*

War Edition. This book is
produced in accordance with
conservation orders of the
War Production Board.

1943.
(Jun)
pp 143-192 (50 pp). "Abridged from the Book in the Author's Own Words". in: Omnibook Magazine, June 1943. (with: The Human Comedy / William Soroyan, War Wages / James Saxon Childersut, A Sense of Humus / Bertha Damon). (35¢)*
1943.
(Nov)
108 pp, 19 cm, Limited abridged ed., International Book House Ltd. Bombay.*
1944. 341 pp, 21.1 cm, War Edition (4th), [blue-green cloth, dark blue lettering, text block edges untrimmed]. Duell, Sloan & Pearce. New York. ($2.75) *
1944. [x],276 pp, 16.2 cm, E-14, "This edition of an American book is made available in various countries only until normal free publishing, interrupted by Axis aggression, can be reestablished."--Cover. Overseas Editions. New York.*

back cover blurb

cf French edition

1944. Library edition (5th), Duell, Sloan & Pearce. New York.
1944. in: Elizabeth Fowler: Standing Room Only (with: The American House by Virginia Chase). 379 pp, 21 cm, "Edited to approximately 60,000 words by the Editors of the Read Book Club...". Literary Classics. New York.*
1945. 341 pp, 21.1 cm, War Edition (6th), [dark blue cloth, silver lettering, text block trimmed]. Duell, Sloan & Pearce. New York. ($2.75) *
1945. 255 pp, 20.6 cm, 1st British edition, [green cloth, dark red lettering]. The Bodley Head. London.*

Perhaps as a wartime conservation measure, this Bodley Head dustjacket is printed on the back of a cut-down jacket for The Thibaults, by Roger Martin du Gard. Another example is printed on the back of Edith Simon's The Chosen.
1945. in: Howard Fast: The Selected Work of Tom Paine & Citizen Tom Paine. xiii, 640 pp, 20.9 cm, Modern Library Giant G-68, [blue cloth, gold lettering on red, red top edge]. The Modern Library. New York.*
1945. (Apr) 341 pp, 20.7 cm, "First Reprint Edition April 1945", [blue cloth, silver lettering]. World Pub. Co. Cleveland.*

dust jacket blurb

1945. (May) 341 pp, 20.7 cm, "Second Reprint Edition May 1945, [blue cloth, silver lettering]. World Pub. Co. Cleveland.*
1946. 341 pp, 20.9 cm, "Seventh Printing", "War Edition," [dark blue cloth, silver lettering, front jacket flap: "Book Club Edition"]. Duell, Sloan & Pearce. "American Book-Stratford Press, Inc. New York" at bottom of copyright page.*
1946 (Apr). pbk, 351 pp, 16 cm, Bantam Books (30, 25¢), New York.*
1946. Garman, Helen. Citizen Tom Paine. 36 pp, (tan wrappers, hand dated "Feb. 18, 1946"), radio adaptation. Aired on "The American School of the Air" in the series "Tales from far and near". Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. New York.
1946. introduction by Carl Van Doren. 302 pp, 19.3 cm, The Living Library, [blue cloth, gold and red lettering, red top edge]. illustrations by A. Derso. World Pub. Co. Cleveland, OH. ($1.00)*
1949. 8th printing. Duell, Pearce & Sloan, New York.
1953. 341 pp, 21 cm, [blue-green linson, black lettering]. Blue Heron Press. New York. ($2.75)*
1953. pbk, 341 pp, 20.3 cm, Blue Heron Press. New York. ($1.00)*
1959. pbk (1st), 247 pp, 17.7 cm, Bantam Classic. New York. (FC44 - 50¢)*
1961. pbk (2nd), 247 pp, 18 cm, Bantam Classic. New York.
1962. pbk (3rd), 247 pp, 18 cm, Bantam Classic. New York.
1964.
(Sep)
pbk (4th), 247pp, 17.7 cm, Bantam Classic [HC268].* (60¢)
1966. pbk, 247pp, 17.8 cm, [5th ptg, Jun 1966, 6th, 7th] 8th printing, Bantam (NC5537).* (95¢)
1969. pbk, 247pp, Bantam.
1976. pbk, 247pp, Bantam.
1983. pbk, 341 pp, 21 cm, Grove Press (Publishers Group West). New York. ISBN: 0-8021-3064-X.* ($12.00)
1983. pbk, 341 pp, 20.3 cm, Grove Press. An Evergreen book. New York. ISBN: 0-394-62464-5.* ($6.95)
1986. pbk, hc. Olympic Marketing Corp, Manchester, New Hampshire ISBN: 0395414997.

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THIS IS A FICTIONALIZED BIOGRAPHY of one of the founding spirits of the American Republic.
Tom Paine's life was as heroic as his vision of a better world was fervent. Born in incredible poverty in England, he was helped to go to America by Benjamin Franklin. Armed with introductions from Franklin, he found employment in the little provincial capital of Philadelphia and gradually emerged as an editor of importance in the colonies.
With the news that the Revolution against the mother country had broken out in the battle of Lexington, Paine's pen leapt into fame. From it ran the crystallization of ideas which had been forming slowly in his mind as he had watched and worked in the embryonic democracy of the new world. The result was the famous pamphlet Common Sense. It swept the young colonies, adding great flames to the fire of independence. And when the guns were at last silent, Common Sense left its imprint on the shape and on the very words of the American Constitution.
Paine's work in America was done and "where freedom was not there was his home." In England and then in France he fought for the Rights of Man. He became a member of the French Convention. He was imprisoned for months in the Luxembourg prison. At last he came back to America, nearly forgotten, despised and poor, but he found the nation to which he had given his strength and devotion a triumphant and free Republic.
Howard Fast is thirty years old and was born in New York City. His writings during the past five years have earned him a place as an outstanding young American novelist.

from the 1944 Overseas edition

Citizen Tom Paine is a book which will live as the enduring portrait of one of the greatest of those who founded the Republic.

Tom Paine's life was as heroic as his vision of a better world. Born in poverty in England, he was helped to America by Ben Franklin; he became an editor in the little provincial capital of Philadelphia. With the news of the battle fought at Lexington came the crystallization of ideas that had formed as he had watched and worked in the embryonic democracy of the new world. Paine wrote "Common Sense." It swept the colonies, adding great flames to the fire of independence. When the guns were silent, "Common Sense" left it's imprint on the shape and on the very words of the Constitution.
Paine's work in America was done and "where freedom was not there was his home." In England and then in France he fought for the Rights of Man. He became a member of the French Convention. He was imprisoned for months in the Luxembourg Prison. At last he came back to America, nearly forgotten, despised and poor, but he found the nation to which he had given his strength and devotion a triumphant and free Republic.

Howard Fast has long been a name on the critics' lips. With The Unvanquished and The Last Frontier, he reached his first wide popular audience. Citizen Tom Paine and Freedom Road established him as one of the few major American novelists.

from the jacket of the 1945 World edition

Citizen Tom Paine
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 . (*) The Blue Heron Press (1953) edition states "...has also been published in the following languages: Bulgarian, Chinese, Czechoslovak, Dutch, French, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Yiddish.
 1945. I ko min chu ti tou shih: kung min T\ang P\an-en. (Chinese, tr. by Ai Ch\iu-chieh) Chung-ching. Ch\ung-ch\ing.
 1985. Borger Tom Paine. (Danish, tr. by Ellen Kirk) 307 pp, 21 cm, Klim. Arhus.
1943,
1945. 
Le Citoyen Tom Paine. (French) 310 pp, 17 cm, F-14, "L'édition américaine de cet ouvrage n'est mise en circulation dans certains pays que jusqu'au jour ou les publications libres, suspendues par l'agression des pays de l'Axe, pourront reprendure leur cours normal."-- Cover. Overseas Editions, Inc. New York.
 1948. Tom Paine, le solitaire des révolutions. (French) 352 pp, Éd. Hier et aujourd'hui. Paris.
 1951. Bürger Tom Paine. (German, tr. by Werner Klemke) 378 pp, Dietz. Berlin.
 1952. Toma Pena. (Gujarati, tr. by Candrabhai Kalidasa Bhatta [1904-1988]) viii, 164 pp, 19 cm, Mukhya vikreta, Cetana Prakasana Grha. Mumbai.
 1988. Ha-Ezrah Tom Pein. (Hebrew, tr. by Eliezrah Ig-Zekob) 262 pp, 22 cm, Zemorah, Bitan (748). Tel-Aviv. ISBN: 0650305181.
 1984. Tom Paine. (Hungarian, tr. by Kéri László) 401 pp, 2., bov. kiad, Európa Knyvkiado. Budapest.
1943,
1945. 
Il cittadino Tom Paine. (Italian) 341 pp, 17 cm, 1st Italian edition, "Questo libro americano viene offerto nella presente edizione al pubblico di diversi paesi, in attesa che in essi possa essere ristabilita la normale libertà di stampa interrotta dall'aggressione dell'Asse". Overseas Editions Inc. New York.
 1985. Shimin Tomu Pein: "Komon Sensu" o nokoshita otoko no suukina shougai. (Japanese, tr. by Miyashita Mineo) 361,7 pp, 21.6 cm, [red linson, black lettering]. Shoubunsha. Tokyo. ISBN: 4-7949-2413-5.*
 1979. Tam Payn. (Persian, tr. by Hasan-i Kamshad) 400 pp, 22 cm, Intisharat-i Kharazmi, 1357. Tihran. ISBN: 0-8021-3064-X.*
 1948. Obywatel Tom Paine. (Polish) 303 pp, 22 cm, Wiedza. Warszawa.
 1949. Obcan Tom Paine. (Slovak) Pravda. Bratislava.
 1946. El Ciudadano Tom Paine. (Spanish, tr. by Leon Mirlas) introduction by Enrique de Gandia. 392 pp, 1st Argentinian edition, (Biblioteca de obras famosas, vol. 101). Editorial Claridad. Buenos Aires.
 1945. Tom Paine. (Swedish, tr. by Nils Jacobsson [1873-1950]) 419 pp, 22 cm, H. Geber. Stockholm.
 1972. Tom Paine nha cach mang n oc nguyen tac. (Vietnamese, tr. by Vo Sn Thanh) 455 pp, 19 cm, Cu Long xuat ban ong Nai phat hanh. Cu Long.

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Sunday New York Times Book Review,
page 1, April 25, 1943, review by playwright, Elmer Rice.


Atlantic 172 (July 1943):121. Edward Weeks.
Book Review Digest, Jun'43.
Book Week, May 9'43 p.2. Marion Neville.
Booklist, May 15'43 p.368.
Bookmark 4 (March 1943):18.
Boston Herald. Alice Dixon Bond.
"A work of such vitality and such distinction that the highest praise seems a bit like gilding the lily."
Chicago Daily News.
"Howard Fast has given us a remarkable picture of the revolutionary pamphleteer. It does honor to a great soldier for humanity."
Christian Science Monitor, May 3'43 p.14. W.K.R.
Cleveland Open Shelf (April 1943):8.
Cleveland Plain Dealer. Ted Robinson
"It is dramatic, it is fraught with breathless suspense. I have seldom read an impressive narrative of this nature."
Detroit Free Press
"Too few Americans appreciate the contribution Howard Fast has made in such books as The Unvanquished, Conceived in Liberty, and his new Citizen Tom Paine."
Library Journal, 68:327 Apr 15'43. J.E. Cross.
Nation 108(676) May 8'43. Trilling, Diana. Fiction in Review.
"Mr. Fast is at this moment in a class by himself for taste and talent."
New Masses, Jul 6'43. Alan Benoit. Citizen Tom Paine.
New Republic, May 10'43 p.646. George Mayberry.
New Yorker, May 1'43 p.73. Clifton Fadiman.
New York Herald Tribune Books. Rose Feld.
"Once again Howard Fast has taken a figure out of American history and by the intensity of his emotional sumpathy and intellectual response has made him into a living man ... Mr. Fast's story of Tom Paine is a brilliant piece of fictional biography."
New York Herald Tribune. Lewis Gannett.
"So glowingly human a picture of Tom Paine and America in the revolutionary days ... the book breathes and glows."
New York Times, Apr.25'43 p.1. Elmer Rice.
Saturday Review of Literature, 26:1 p8 May 1'43. Allan Nevins.
"From beginning to end the novel is swift-paced and lusty-spirited."
Weekly Book Review, Apr.25'43 p.3. Rose Feld.

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