Howard Jacobson's choice is Rasselas by Samuel Johnson.
The comic novelist Howard Jacobson, who has described himself as "a Jewish Jane Austen", is the author of ten works of fiction, including Who's Sorry Now? and, most recently, The Act of Love.
The only work of fiction by the essayist and lexicographer Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) follows the struggles of a young prince, Rasselas, to find the secret of a happy life. In this excerpt he encounters a visionary scientist. Reader: Bruce Alexander.
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