The History of Rasselas: Prince of Abissinia (Google eBook)
The distinguished English writer's only novel provides a compelling glimpse of his moral views as he assails 18th-century optimism and man's unrealistic estimates of what life has to offer. Rasselas ponders such subjects as romantic love, flights of imagination, the great discoveries of science, and speculations about the meaning of happiness.
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Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of AbissiniaUser Review - James - Goodreads
Great little morality tale indicative of the frustrated stoicism of Johnson's age, a stoicism that faced a language of scientific precision and a resurgence of epicureanism as concepts of good-living ... Read full review
Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of AbissiniaUser Review - janet - Goodreads
A lovely old codger that I work with and I were discussing literature that an 18 year old student might like to read, and he suggested this book and then the next day put it in my hands. I can agree ... Read full review