Giovanni Boccaccio

Portrait by [[Raffaello Sanzio Morghen|Raffaello Morghen]], circa 1822 Giovanni Boccaccio (, , ; 16 June 1313 – 21 December 1375)}} was an Italian writer, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist. Born in the town of Certaldo, he became so well known as a writer that he was sometimes simply known as "the Certaldese"}} and one of the most important figures in the European literary panorama of the fourteenth century. Some scholars (including Vittore Branca) define him as the greatest European prose writer of his time, a versatile writer who amalgamated different literary trends and genres, making them converge in original works, thanks to a creative activity exercised under the banner of experimentalism.

His most notable works are ''The Decameron'', a collection of short stories which in the following centuries was a determining element for the Italian literary tradition, especially after Pietro Bembo elevated the Boccaccian style to a model of Italian prose in the sixteenth century, and ''On Famous Women''. He wrote his imaginative literature mostly in Tuscan vernacular, as well as other works in Latin, and is particularly noted for his realistic dialogue which differed from that of his contemporaries, medieval writers who usually followed formulaic models for character and plot. The influence of Boccaccio's works was not limited to the Italian cultural scene but extended to the rest of Europe, exerting influence on authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer, a key figure in English literature, or later on Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega and the Spanish classical theatre.

Boccaccio, together with Dante Alighieri and Petrarch, is part of the so-called "Three Crowns" of Italian literature. He is remembered for being one of the precursors of humanism, of which he helped lay the foundations in the city of Florence, in conjunction with the activity of his friend and teacher Petrarch. He was the one who initiated Dante's criticism and philology: Boccaccio devoted himself to copying codices of the ''Divine Comedy'' and was a promoter of Dante's work and figure.

In the twentieth century, Boccaccio was the subject of critical-philological studies by Vittore Branca and Giuseppe Billanovich, and his ''Decameron'' was transposed to the big screen by the director and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini. Provided by Wikipedia
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Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, 1986
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New York ; Bristol : Italica Press, 2018

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Firenze, Monnier, 1857

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Berlin, Neufield & Henius, 1924

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London : Printed for and may be had of all booksellers, 1845

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Torino : Unione tipografico-editrice torinese, 1926

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by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
[New York, Pocket Books 1948
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by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
Milano : E. Sonzogno, 1934

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by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
Toronto : Published for the Centre for Medieval Studies by the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1978

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by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press 1970

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by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
New York : Medieval Text Association 1974

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by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
Milano : Hoepli, 1914

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by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
Milano : Mondadori, 2002

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by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
New York : Italica Press, 2018

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by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
[Milano] : Mondadori 1964
[1. edizione].

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by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
Cincinnati : Stewart & Kidd, 1920
India paper ed.

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by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
London : G. Allen & Unwin 1964

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by Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
Torino [etc.] : Unione tipografico-editrice torinese, 1927

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