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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (Paperback) Loot Price: R199
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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (Paperback): Samuel Johnson

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (Paperback)

Samuel Johnson; Edited by Thomas Keymer

Series: Oxford World's Classics

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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 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; skeptical and probing, his tale nevertheless suggests that wisdom and self-knowledge need not be entirely beyond reach. This sparkling new edition includes an authoritative introduction by Thomas Keymer relating the story to Johnson's life, thought, and writings; the rise of the novel genre; and the global context of the Seven Years War. Extensive annotations relate the novel to its literary, philosophical, and political contexts.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum 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, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Imprint: Oxford UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Oxford World's Classics
Release date: June 2009
First published: June 2009
Authors: Samuel Johnson
Editors: Thomas Keymer
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 14mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-922997-0
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction
Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > General
Books > Fiction > Special features > Classic fiction
LSN: 0-19-922997-X
Barcode: 9780199229970

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