The Decameron: Selected Tales by Giovanni BoccaccioThe Decameron: Selected Tales by Giovanni Boccaccio

The Decameron: Selected Tales

byGiovanni Boccaccio

Paperback | April 20, 2011

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A group of young people flee to the countryside from plague-ridden Florence and pass the time in their retreat by telling tales of romance. This selection from Boccaccio's landmark of medieval literature features 25 stories from the original 100, all teeming with colorful characters and worldly wisdom. J. M. Rigg translation.
Although Giovanni Boccaccio was born in France and raised and educated in Naples, where he wrote his first works under the patronage of the French Angevin ruler, Boccaccio always considered himself a Tuscan, like Petrarch and Dante. After Boccaccop returned to Florence in 1340, he witnessed the outbreak of the great plague, or Black De...
Title:The Decameron: Selected TalesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.68 inPublished:April 20, 2011Publisher:Dover PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0486411133

ISBN - 13:9780486411132

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Presenting an abridged version of one of the landmarks of medieval fiction and one of the most compelling collections of short stories of all time, this edition of Giovanni Boccaccio’s classic draws from J.M. Rigg’s definitive translation. Set in 14th-century Florence, The Decameron details an affluent group of citizens who escape their plague-beset city for the safety of the country where they amuse each other by spinning tales of adventure and romance. This edition includes 25 of the 100 tales originally contained in Boccaccio’s masterpiece.