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Giovanni Boccaccio

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Giovanni Boccaccio


Born
Certaldo, Italy
Died
October 10, 1375

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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

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Mrs Rosie and the Priest

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The Decameron: Selected Tales

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El Decamerón, Vol. 1

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The Decameron, Volume II

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Life of Dante

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The Eaten Heart: Unlikely T...

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The Elegy of Lady Fiammetta

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Famous Women

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Histórias Eróticas

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Quotes by Giovanni Boccaccio  (?)
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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

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  64 votes, 19.2%

The Arabian Nights, 1049 pages, 800
 
  55 votes, 16.5%

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  38 votes, 11.4%

 
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  9 votes, 2.7%

The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, 1248 pages, 1590
 
  9 votes, 2.7%

Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, 644 pages, 1929
 
  8 votes, 2.4%

Shōgun by James Clavell, 1152 pages, 1975
 
  8 votes, 2.4%

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, 909 pages, 1353
 
  7 votes, 2.1%

Texas by James A. Michener, 1472 pages, 1985
 
  7 votes, 2.1%

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, 1139 pages, 1999
 
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  6 votes, 1.8%

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