The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

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Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia, leaves his easy life, 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.

ISBN: 9780141439709 Author: Johnson, Samuel Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 27th September 2007 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.6 (edition:22) Pages: 139 Language: English Edition: New edition Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

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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