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The Decameron

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio; G H McWilliam
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 1995.
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
In the early summer of the year 1348, as a terrible plague ravages the city, ten charming young Florentines take refuge in country villas to tell each other stories-a hundred stories of love, adventure and surprising twists of fortune which later inspired Chaucer, Keats and Shakespeare. While Dante is a stern moralist, Boccaccio has little time for chastity, pokes fun at crafty, hypocritical clerics and celebrates  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Giovanni Boccaccio; G H McWilliam
ISBN: 0140449302 9780140449303 0329829696 9780329829698
OCLC Number: 896690769
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.
Notes: Reprint of 2nd edition originally published, 1995. Previous edition, 1972.
Description: cli, 909 pages : maps ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Responsibility: Giovanni Boccaccio ; translated with an introduction and notes by G.H. McWilliam.


In the summer of 1348, as the "Black Death" ravages their city, ten young Florentines take refuge in the countryside. In this title, the characters amuse themselves by each telling a story a day, for  Read more...


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