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In the summer of 1348, with the plague ravaging Florence, ten young men and women take refuge in the countryside, where they entertain themselves with tales of love, death, and corruption, featuring a host of characters, from lascivious clergymen and mad kings to devious lovers and false miracle-makers. Named after the Greek for “ten days,” Boccaccio’s book of stories draws on ancient mythology, contemporary history, and everyday life, and has influenced the work of myriad writers who came after him.

J. G. Nichols’s new translation, faithful to the original but rendered in eminently readable modern English, captures the timeless humor of one of the great classics of European literature.

A brilliant new translation of the work that Herman Hesse called “the first great masterpiece of European storytelling.”

Synopsis:

Boccaccio's influential book of stories draws on ancient mythology, contemporary history, and everyday life. Nichols's new translation, faithful to the original but rendered in eminently readable modern English, captures the timeless humor of one of the great classics of European literature.

About the Author

Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian author and poet, was born in 1313 and died in 1375.

Born in Liverpool, England, J. G. Nichols is a poet, literary critic, and translator. He was awarded the John Florio Prize for his translation of the poems of Guido Gozzano. His translation of Petrarchs Canzoniere won the Premio Internazionale Diego Valeri in 2000.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307271716
Author:
Boccaccio, Giovanni
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Translator:
Nichols, J. G., J.
Author:
Nichols, J. G.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Allegories
Subject:
Middle ages
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Series:
Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
696
Dimensions:
8.24x5.28x1.49 in. 1.66 lbs.

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