The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Samuel Johnson, Edited by Paul Goring, Introduction by Paul Goring

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 4mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 18 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014143970X
  • ISBN 13: 9780141439709
  • Sales rank: 228,627

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Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, leaves the easy life of the Happy Valley, accompanied by his sister Nekayah, her attendant Pekuah, and the much-travelled philosopher Imlac. Their journey takes them to Egypt, where they study the various conditions of men's lives, before returning home in a 'conclusion in which nothing is concluded'. Johnson's tale is not only a satire on optimism, but also an expression of truth about the human mind and its infinite capacity for hope.

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Dr Saumuel Johnson was born on 18 September 1709. He was one of England's greatest literary figures: a poet, essayist, biographer, lexicographer and often considered the finest critic of English Literature. Best known for his Dictionary (1755), Johnson also wrote essays for The Rambler (1750-1752) and The Idler (1758-1760). He achieved a feat of English criticism in Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets (1781). He died on 13 December 1784.