Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio


Born
Certaldo, Italy
Died
November 19, 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

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Mrs Rosie and the Priest

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The Decameron: Selected Tales

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El Decamerón 1

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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

June 2017 Old School Classic Poll

Othello by William Shakespeare, 1603, 314 pages
 
  48 votes, 15.0%

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, 1848, 437 pages
 
  41 votes, 12.8%

 
  34 votes, 10.6%

 
  34 votes, 10.6%

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev, 1862, 244 pages
 
  30 votes, 9.3%

 
  24 votes, 7.5%

 
  22 votes, 6.9%

Hunger by Knut Hamsun, 1890, 134 pages
 
  20 votes, 6.2%

 
  14 votes, 4.4%

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, 1353, 909 pages
 
  13 votes, 4.0%

A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe, 1790, 256 pages
 
  13 votes, 4.0%

 
  13 votes, 4.0%

 
  12 votes, 3.7%

 
  3 votes, 0.9%

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