About The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia
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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About Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was the leading literary scholar and critic of his time. A writer of vigor, power, passion, and profundity, he helped to shape and define the Augustan Age.
Published by Penguin Classics Dec 18, 2007| 192 Pages| ISBN 9780141439709