Ned Flanders wrote:Anonymous writing and opinion has a pretty long history in American literary and political circles (see Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman and Thomas Paine writing in Common Sense).
It's difficult for me to consider an international best-seller which brought Paine immediate and lasting fame as "anonymous", even if the very first (and quickly sold-out) printing didn't bear his name. A much better example would be The Federalist Papers, but I've come to expect your knowledge of our country's founding to be so exceedingly shoddy that I'm not the least bit surprised it didn't occur to you.
BTW - have you ever bothered to actually read Paine? If so, did you do it with your fingers in your ears while screaming, "I'm not listening to you!", the way you do when your contemporaries echo his sentiments about freedom, equality, religion and what should constitute American ideals?