The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia -

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

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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 miseries and misfortunes 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 happiness. 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 may be attainable. 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.

Product code: 9780199229970

ISBN 9780199229970
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H196xW129xS14
Series Oxford World's Classics
No. Of Pages 208
Publisher Oxford University Press
Rasselas and his companions leave the 'happy valley' in search of 'the choice of life'. Johnson's philosophical tale considers such things as the nature of poetry, the stability of reason, the immortality of the soul, and the pursuit of happiness. This new edition relates the novel to Johnson's life and the political and social context.