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The Decameron (Signet Classics) Mass Market Paperback – December 3, 2002
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About the Author
Giovanni Boccaccio was born in Florence, Italy, in 1313, and he died there in 1375. 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—immensely popular from its original appearance to the present day—to world literature.
Mark Musa is a professor at the Center for Italian Studies at Indiana University. A former Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow, Musa is the author of a highly acclaimed translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.
Mark Musa and Peter Bondanella are professors at the Center for Italian Studies at Indiana University. Mark Musa, a former Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow, is the author of a highly acclaimed translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Peter Bondanella, a former Younger Humanist and Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has published, among other works, Machiavelli and the Art of Renaissance History and Federico Fellini: Essays in Criticism. He is coeditor of The Dictionary of Italian Literature and The Portable Machiavelli.
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About the edition (Simon & Brown), this is the only one that gives you the complete John Payne translation of the work. This is the translation available for free in Project Gutenberg. Excellent paper, font, binding, etc. with an awesome cover picture (though slightly pixelated which could have been avoided), well worth the price.
One star less due to the size of the book which is rather huge like a telephone directory (10 x 7 inches!). Holding and reading long might be a bit painful to your forearms. Otherwise a great edition. I'm enjoying it right now.
I understand the translator trying to keep to some of old English terminology, but updating to make it easier reading and understanding would have helped.
an insight to what it really is about. I was amazed. Great Reading!!!
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