The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

Author: Samuel Johnson

Edited by: Paul Goring

Introducer: Paul Goring

  • Penguin
  • Format: ePub eBook
  • Published: 27 Sep 2007
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Synopsis

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.

Product details

  • Format: ePub eBook
  • ISBN: 9780141920085
  • Pages: 192
  • Published: 27 Sep 2007
  • Publisher: Penguin
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