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

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Mrs Rosie and the Priest

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The Eaten Heart: Unlikely T...

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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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The Elegy of Lady Fiammetta

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Famous Women

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The Decameron, Volume II

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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

1st Quarter 2018 Long Read Poll

Ulysses by James Joyce, 1922, 810 pages
 
  70 votes, 19.7%

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, 1849, 974 pages
 
  69 votes, 19.4%

The Arabian Nights, 800, 1049 pages
 
  47 votes, 13.2%

 
  45 votes, 12.7%

 
  24 votes, 6.8%

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, 1985, 945 pages
 
  20 votes, 5.6%

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence, 1913, 654 pages
 
  20 votes, 5.6%

 
  14 votes, 3.9%

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, 1353, 909 pages
 
  14 votes, 3.9%

Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas, 1845, 788 pages
 
  10 votes, 2.8%

From Here to Eternity by James Jones, 1951, 816 pages
 
  6 votes, 1.7%

 
  6 votes, 1.7%

 
  6 votes, 1.7%

Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens, 1948, 614 pages
 
  2 votes, 0.6%

 
  2 votes, 0.6%

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