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Rasselas by Samuel Johnson

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Published by H. McLean; [etc., etc.] in London .
Written in English

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Statementby Samuel Johnson, LL. D. With engravings, by A. Raimbach, from pictures by R. Smirke, R. A.
ContributionsRaimbach, Abraham, 1776-1843, illus., Smirke, Robert, 1752-1845, illus.
LC ClassificationsPR3529 .A1 1819
The Physical Object
Pagination1 p. 1., lll, 197, [1] p. plates.
Number of Pages197
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6751959M
LC Control Number30033910

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Rasselas--regarded as Johnson's most creative work--presents the story of the journey of Rasselas and his companions in search of "the choice of life." Its charm lies not in its plot, but rather in its wise and humane look at man's constant search for happiness. The text is based on the second edition as Samuel Johnson revised it/5. In the following years, he published essays, an influential annotated edition of William Shakespeare's plays, and the well-read novel Rasselas. In , he befriended James Boswell, with whom he later travelled to Scotland; Johnson's travel narrative A Journey to the Western Islands of /5(17). Rasselas, philosophical romance by Samuel Johnson published in as The Prince of Abissinia. Supposedly written in the space of a week, with the impending expenses of Johnson’s mother’s funeral in mind, Rasselas explores and exposes the vanity of the human search for happiness. The work is. Aug 31,  · Rasselas is a tale of the royal princes of Abyssinia, who were condemned to live on the prison-mountain of Wehni until they died or the order of succession called them to the throne. How much of this was truth and how much legend?/5.

Rasselas, Johnson’s most famous work, was written rapidly to pay the expenses of his mother’s funeral and published anonymously. It tells in forty-nine brief chapters what seems at first to be a. Samuel Johnson 's Rasselas is his only novel, and one of the works for which he is most celebrated. The text is barely a novel, however, as its plot is subordinate to its themes and messages. Scholars refer to it as a parable, or an essay. Rasselas was the fourth son of the mighty emperour, in whose dominions the Father of waters begins his course; whose bounty pours down the streams of plenty, and scatters over half the world the harvests. Rasselas was written in the evenings of one week, and sent to press while being written. Johnson earned by it a hundred pounds, with p. 6 twenty-five pounds more for a second edition. It was published in March or April; Johnson never read it after it had been published until more than twenty years afterwards.

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