Tales From The Decameron

Paperback | May 10, 2016

byGiovanni BoccaccioTranslated byPeter HainsworthIntroduction byPeter Hainsworth

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Bawdy and moving, hilarious and reflective—these stories offer the very best of Boccaccio's Decameron 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.

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Bawdy and moving, hilarious and reflective—these stories offer the very best of Boccaccio's Decameron in a brilliant, playful new translationIn 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, ad...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.78 × 5.07 × 0.81 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141191333

ISBN - 13:9780141191331

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