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Author: Warren L. Fleischauer,Samuel Johnson
ISBN: 0812001532
Pages 192 pages
Publisher Barrons Educational Series Inc; First Edition edition (June 1, 1962)
Language English
Category: Fiction
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by Warren L. Fleischauer,Samuel Johnson

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia, originally titled The Prince of Abissinia: A Tale, though often abbreviated to Rasselas, is an apologue about bliss and ignorance by Samuel Johnson

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia, originally titled The Prince of Abissinia: A Tale, though often abbreviated to Rasselas, is an apologue about bliss and ignorance by Samuel Johnson. The book's original working title was "The Choice of Life". The book was first published in April 1759 in England. Early readers considered Rasselas to be a work of philosophical and practical importance and critics often remark on the difficulty of classifying it as a novel.

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Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer.

He was a devout Anglican. Politically, he was a committed Tory. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes Johnson as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history".

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Rasselas is Samuel Johnson's vision of the world as a place where things do not always work out well. Johnson shows life at best as something to be endured. The situations encountered by Johnson's hero seems almost the opposite of those encountered by Voltaire's Candide. Time after time, things seem to be promising, even ideal. However, inevitably reality sets in and tiny, then major, chinks in the facade appear. Perfection is shown as ultimately unattainable yet still desirable, leading to guaranteed dissatisfaction.

By witnessing the misfortunes and miseries of others they come to understand the nature of happiness.

Rasselas was written by Samuel Johnson in the year 1759, when his age was fifty. He had written his London in 1738; his Vanity of Human Wishes in 1740; his Rambler between March, 1750, and March, 1752. In 1755 his Dictionary had appeared, and Dublin, by giving him its honorary L. had enabled his friends to call him Doctor Johnson. His friends were many, and his honour among men was great. He owed them to his union of intellectual power with unflinching probity.

Easy to read edition of Samuel Johnson's classic story. Printed on attractive buff watermarked paper.
Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote this book nearly 250 years ago, and the short, thoughtful text is an important read for the Western reader. Bringing elements of Buddhist thought, and evoking images of Icarus and Deadalus, Plato, Cervantes, and others; Johnson's protagonist, Rasselas, and his retinue explore the meaning of life, death, marriage, children, learning, action versus inaction and many other topics in 100 short pages. Almost too dense in message to absorb, yet superficialy easy to read, Johnson's work will get the reader thinking about life's toughest question - can one truly be happy?
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I really enjoyed this novel. We used it as one of the novels for my 18th century literature course. It is short, more of a novella really. Love the moral about happiness. Something I would have wanted to read even if it wasn't required.
Johnson's crystalline style is the first thing you note about this splendid book. He writes as if he's cutting the letters on fine glass. But the delightful oddity of the book is its plot. It is full of dashing adventure that alternates with lovely meditative sections. I've never read anything like it, and I'm pretty sure I won't again.
This classic work is more than 250 years old, but is easily accessible and readable today.

It's a philosophical work, a discourse between a prince, a princess, a wise teacher, and people representing the various segments of society. Rasselas seeks happiness and fulfillment. All he discovers is that each person is discontent with their own life, and wishes they took a different path. Rasselas is arguably in the best position of any of them, and yet does not appreciate it.

Consider it a series of short essays, each where a thief, a farmer, a rich merchant, a king, and so on expounds upon what they hoped to get from their life, and why it isn't ideal.

It's as entertaining to read as a collection of essays (not my cup of tea), and for me with decades of adult life under my belt, held little in the way of surprises and insight. Read it as a necessary work of earlier light philosophy, perhaps, but I don't believe there'll be answers or surprises here for anyone over 30.
The tale of Resselas a Prince raised in isolation and his study and critiques of human relations from government to marriage
May be a slow read, but I was amazed at each paragraph... Tons of wisdom for any age. Recommendation to a teenage boy unfortunately did not meet with much enthusiasm. Witty, very wise, written by a great personality of his time.
Great book by a great man. A secular compliment to Ecclesiastes. Happiness is not in things or position or power. Happiness is found more in the seeking and achieving than in the achieved. Most of all happiness is to be found outside of ourselves. Lessons for life in any era.
It is a hard book to read but it is filled with so much wisdom that if you struggle through it a couple of times it is very enlightening. Look up the Megayacht "Rasselas" and see how it inspired the owner.