The Decameron

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In the summer of 1348, as the Black Death ravages their city, ten young Florentines take refuge in the countryside. They amuse themselves by each telling a story a day for the ten days they are destined to remain there - a hundred stories of love, adventure and surprising twists of fate. Less preoccupied with abstract concepts of morality or religion than earthly values, the tales range from the bawdy Peronella hiding her lover in a tub to Ser Cepperallo, who, despite his unholy effrontery, becomes a Saint. The result is a towering monument of European literature and a masterpiece of imaginative narrative.
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About the author

Boccaccio (1313-1375) was an Italian writer of both verse and prose. He wrote The Decameron over a period of ten years, and is also the author of Teseide and Filostrato.

G H McWilliam was the first Professor of Italian at Leicester University.He has also translated Verga's Cavalleria Rusticana for Penguin Classics

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Penguin UK
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Published on
Mar 27, 2003
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Pages
1072
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ISBN
9780141921570
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Literary Criticism / European / Italian
Literary Criticism / Medieval
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The poet and scholar Giovanni Boccaccio was a leading writer of the Italian Renaissance, now best remembered as the author of the famous compendium of tales ‘The Decameron’. Boccaccio helped lay the foundations for the humanism of the Renaissance, while raising vernacular literature to the status of the classics of antiquity. Noted for their realistic dialogue and imaginative use of character and plot, Boccaccio’s works went on to inspire Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare and countless other writers in the ensuing centuries. This comprehensive eBook presents Boccaccio’s collected works, with numerous illustrations, rare translations appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Boccaccio’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* Multiple translations of ‘The Decameron’, including the first English translation by John Florio, 1620
* John Payne's complete translation, with all the hyperlinked footnotes - ideal for students
* The original Italian text of ‘The Decameron’
* Rare translations of two novels, with individual contents tables
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* The rare long poem ‘Il Filostrato’, available in no other collection
* The key works of Chaucer and Shakespeare that were inspired by Boccaccio
* Includes a translation of Boccaccio’s ‘De Mulieribus Claris’, first time in digital print
* Features two biographies - discover Boccaccio’s intriguing life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

The Decameron
The Decameron: John Florio, 1620
The Decameron: John Payne, 1886
The Decameron: J. M. Rigg, 1903
The Decameron: Original Italian Text

The Novels
The Filocolo (Translated by H. G., London, 1566)
The Elegy of Lady Fiammetta (Translated by Bartholomew Young, 1587)

The Verse
‘The Knight’s Tale’ and ‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’ (Teseida)
Il Filostrato (Translated by Hubertis Cummings)

The Non-Fiction
De Mulieribus Claris (Partially translated by Henry Parker, Lord Morely)
The Life of Dante (Translated by James Robinson Smith)

The Biographies
Giovanni Boccaccio: A Biographical Study by Edward Hutton
Giovanni Boccaccio by Francis Hueffer

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