Italian Renaissance Writers : Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) was born in Florence, into a family of merchants. On his travels, he befriended FRANCESCO PETRARCA. Boccaccio settled down in Florence in 1340-41 and wrote the DECAMERONE, 1349-51, after experiencing the Black Death in 1348.
Like his friend Petrarch, Boccaccio wrote in Italian. The Decamerone is about 10 young men who leave Florence (where the Great Plague kills thousands) and settle in the countryside, telling each other stories.

Decamerone Web at Brown Univ.
DOCUMENTS Decamerone, from Decamerone Web
Boccaccio on the Plague, from Medieval Sources in translation by D. Burr, Virginia Tech
Boccaccio, Decamerone, Introduction, from Medieval Sourcebook
REFERENCE David Wallace, Boccaccio : Decameron, Cambridge : University Press, 1991, Series Title : Landmarks of World Literature

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Last revised on May 31st 2001