Tales From The Decameron by Giovanni BoccaccioTales From The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

Tales From The Decameron

byGiovanni BoccaccioTranslated byPeter HainsworthIntroduction byPeter Hainsworth

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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Bawdy and moving, hilarious and reflective: these stories offer the very best of Boccaccio's Decameron—the inspiration for the new film The Little Hours—in a brilliant, playful new translation

In the early summer of the year 1348, as a terrible plague ravages the city, ten charming young Florentines take refuge in country villas to tell each other stories—one hundred stories of love, adventure, and surprising twists of fortune that later inspired Chaucer, Keats, and Shakespeare. Now, this hugely enjoyable volume collects the best stories of Boccaccio's masterwork in a fresh, accessible new translation by Peter Hainsworth. It includes such celebrated, thought-provoking tales as "Isabella and the Pot of Basil" (famously adapted by Keats) and "Patient Griselda" alongside many boisterous and daring stories featuring faithless wives, philandering priests, and curious nuns. Written in an early Florentine dialect and influencing scores of literature that followed, The Decameron is a masterpiece of classical Italian prose.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375) was born in Florence, Italy. His life thus coincided with the flowering of the early Renaissance, and indeed his closest friend was Petrarch, the other towering literary figure of the period. During his lifetime, Boccaccio was a diplomat, businessman, and international traveler, as well as the creator of ...
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Title:Tales From The DecameronFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.78 × 5.07 × 0.81 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141191333

ISBN - 13:9780141191331

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