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Published: 01 June 2009

208 Pages

ISBN: 9780199229970

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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

New Edition

Samuel Johnson
Edited by Thomas Keymer

Oxford World's Classics

  • An established classic, often compared to Voltaire's CAndide, Rasselas is perhaps its author's most creative work, here presented in a sparkling new edition.
  • Authoritative introduction by Thomas Keymer relating the story to Johnson's life, thought, and writings; the rise of the novel genre; philosophical scepticism of the Enlightenment period; literary orientalism; society and the global context of the Seven Years War.
  • Authoritative text incorporating Johnson's revisions to the second edition, newly typeset.
  • Up-to-date bibliography.
  • Extensive explanatory annotation based on original research and relating the novel to its literary, philosophical, and political contexts.