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Tales from the Decameron (Penguin Classics) Paperback – May 10, 2016

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“The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375), made a great impression on me. . . . Ten youths—seven women and three men—take turns telling stories for 10 days. At around the age of 16, I found it reassuring that Boccaccio, in conceiving his narrators, had made most of them women. Here was a great writer, the father of the modern story, presenting seven great female narrators. There was something to hope for. . . . The seven female narrators of the Decameron should never again need to rely on the great Giovanni Boccaccio to express themselves. . . . The female story, told with increasing skill, increasingly widespread and unapologetic, is what must now assume power.” —Elena Ferrante, The New York Times

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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 numerous works of prose and poetry. Of his achievements, The Decameron, completed sometime between 1350 and 1352, remains his lasting contribution to world literature, immensely popular from its original appearance to the present day. Peter Hainsworth (translator) is an emeritus fellow and professor of Italian at Oxford University.


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  • Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780141191331
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0141191331
  • Publisher : Penguin Classics (May 10, 2016)
  • Product Dimensions : 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • ASIN : 0141191333
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 14 ratings
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