Giovanni boccaccio giovanni boccaccio italian poet and scholar best remembered as the author of the earthy tales in the decameron with petrarch he laid the foundations for the humanism of the renaissance and raised vernacular literature to the level and status of the classics of antiquity boccaccio was the son of. The decameron c1351 is an entertaining series of one hundred stories written in the wake of the black death the stories are told in a country villa outside the city of florence by ten young noble men and women who are seeking to escape the ravages of the plague boccaccios skill as a dramatist . Of decameron milan mursia 1977 as a guide john paynes translation of the decameron was originally published in a private printing for the villon society london 1886 the american edition from which this e text was prepared is undated 6
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