The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

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OUP Oxford, Jun 11, 2009 - Fiction - 208 pages
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'What then is to be done? said Rasselas; the more we inquire, the less we can resolve.' Rasselas and his companions escape the pleasures of the 'happy valley' in order to make their 'choice of life'. By witnessing the misfortunes and miseries of others they may come to understand the nature of happiness, and value it more highly. Their travels and enquiries raise important practical and philosophical questions concerning many aspects of the human condition, including the business of a poet, the stability of reason, the immortality of the soul, and how to find contentment. Johnson's adaptation of the popular oriental tale displays his usual wit and perceptiveness; sceptical and probing, his tale nevertheless suggests that wisdom and self-knowledge need not be entirely beyond reach. This new edition relates the novel to Johnson's life and thought and to politics, society, and the global context of the Seven Years War. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

User Review  - Jonathan Widell - Goodreads

What an absolutely delightful, elegant, dainty and sober piece of writing, which Johnson reputedly wrote in only a week to pay for his mother's funeral! The setting is charming. The protagonist is a ... Read full review

Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

User Review  - Rdt - Goodreads

I am a great admirer of Dr. Johnson, and I have been wanting to read Rasselas for a long time, but I found it a huge disappointment. He should have stuck with non-fiction. This book is a philosophical ... Read full review

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