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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abbisinia
by Samuel Johnson, ed. Thomas Keymer

Rasselas is Johnson's only novel, apparently written in one week in order to pay for his mother's funeral. Charting the title character's journey to happiness and self-knowledge, the story details the adventures of a young prince who escapes the 'Happy Valley' in search of real life. The travels of the characters raise many moral and philosophical questions, in an exotic setting popular with contemporary readers.

"Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures."

Published: 2009 reprint
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0199229970

Detail: Paperback, 192 pages, 193 x 127mm

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