The Decameron

Author(s): Giovanni Boccaccio; G. H. McWilliam (Introduction by, Translator)

Classic fiction

Ten young Florentines flee the Black Death of 1348 by escaping to a country villa overlooking the city. There they spend ten days telling each other one hundred stories. Their stories run the gamut of medieval genres--romance, tragedy, comedy and farce--and are rich with wit, earthiness and even bawdy irreverence.Boccaccio's reputation as one of the world's greatest authors rests entirely on this singular, overflowing work. A tribute to the essential power of storytelling and laughter, even in the most trying times, The Decameron has been a source and inspiration for countless other storytellers over the centuries. Published on the 700th anniversary of Boccaccio's birth, Wayne A. Rebhorn's Decameron now speaks to us directly in a "lively, contemporary... English" (Stephen Greenblatt).


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780140442694
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : November 1972
  • : 1.4 Inches X 5.07 Inches X 7.79 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 848
  • : Giovanni Boccaccio; G. H. McWilliam (Introduction by, Translator)