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Author Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784.

Title The history of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia / Samuel Johnson ; edited with an introduction and notes by Thomas Keymer
Edition New edition
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xlv, 157 pages)
Series Oxford world's classics
Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Contents Acknowledgements; Introduction; Note on the Text; Select Bibliography; A Chronology of Samuel Johnson; THE HISTORY OF RASSELAS, PRINCE OF ABISSINIA; Explanatory Notes; Glossary
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Happiness -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Allegories.
Form Electronic book
Author Keymer, Thomas, 1962-
ISBN 019156818X (electronic bk.)
019922997X (Paper)
9780191568183 (electronic bk.)
9780199229970 (Paper)
Other Titles Rasselas