Giovanni Boccaccio


Born
Certaldo, Italy
Died
October 18, 1375

Genre

Influences


Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 – 21 December 1375) was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist in his own right and author of a number of notable works including the Decameron, On Famous Women, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular. Boccaccio is particularly notable for his dialogue, of which it has been said that it surpasses in verisimilitude that of just about all of his contemporaries, since they were medieval writers and often followed formulaic models for character and plot.

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The Decameron: Selected Tales

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Life of Dante

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El Decamerón, Vol. 1

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Famous Women

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Histórias Eróticas

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“You must read, you must persevere, you must sit up nights, you must inquire, and exert the utmost power of your mind. If one way does not lead to the desired meaning, take another; if obstacles arise, then still another; until, if your strength holds out, you will find that clear which at first looked dark.”
Giovanni Boccaccio

“To have compassion for those who suffer is a human quality which everyone should possess, especially those who have required comfort themselves in the past and have managed to find it in others. ”
Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron

“While farmers generally allow one rooster for ten hens, ten men are scarcely sufficient to service one woman.”
Giovanni Boccaccio

Polls

2017 4th Quarter Long Read

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 672 pages, 1859
 
  51 votes, 15.8%

The Arabian Nights, 1049 pages, 800
 
  42 votes, 13.0%

East of Eden by John Steinbeck. 601 pages, 1952
 
  40 votes, 12.4%

The Red and the Black by Stendhal, 608 pages, 1830
 
  22 votes, 6.8%

 
  22 votes, 6.8%

 
  21 votes, 6.5%

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 1168 pages, 1957
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, 909 pages, 1353
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

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  15 votes, 4.6%

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  13 votes, 4.0%

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  11 votes, 3.4%

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, 1474 pages, 1993
 
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  9 votes, 2.8%

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, 640 pages, 1964
 
  8 votes, 2.5%

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  7 votes, 2.2%

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  5 votes, 1.5%

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  3 votes, 0.9%

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