The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson, Ex Library, Rare Book

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Language ‏ : ‎ English
Printed: USA, 1890


The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson is a thought-provoking and insightful work of 18th-century literature. The novel tells the story of Rasselas, the prince of Abyssinia, who, despite living a life of privilege and luxury, becomes discontented and sets out on a journey to discover the true meaning of happiness.

Through Rasselas’ journey, Johnson explores themes such as the pursuit of happiness, the nature of human desire, and the role of reason in human life. The novel is structured as a series of dialogues and debates between Rasselas and various other characters he meets on his journey, each of whom represents a different perspective on these important themes.

What makes The History of Rasselas so compelling is Johnson’s ability to capture the nuances of human experience and the complexity of human nature. His writing is elegant and insightful, and he has a keen eye for the small details of life that reveal the larger truths about the human condition.

Despite being over two centuries old, The History of Rasselas remains relevant and engaging today. Johnson’s exploration of the human search for happiness is a timeless theme, and his insights into the workings of the human mind are just as applicable now as they were in the 18th century.

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia is a must-read for anyone interested in literature, philosophy, or the human experience. It is a work of enduring value and a testament to the power of great writing to transcend time and speak to the human condition in all its complexity.

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