The Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio

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The Decameron is a book by 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio. Structured as a frame story, the book contains a hundred tales that are told by a group of seven young women and three young men as they reside in a secluded villa in Italy, trying to escape the Black Death. Ranging from the erotic to the tragic, the tales include life lessons, wit, practical jokes, and a document of life in the 1300s. This translation by John Payne was the first complete translation into English and includes copious footnotes that seek to explain Boccaccio's double-entendres and other references. Tales from the Decameron have been adapted many times, including by William Shakespeare who based All's Well That Ends Well on the tale of Giletta di Narbona (tale nine of day three).

Part of Anne Haight's List of Banned Books.

This book has 301,555 words, and 459 pages in the PDF version. This translation by John Payne was first published in 1886.

Production notes: This ebook of The Decameron was published by Global Grey on the 23rd November 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Decameron' by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.

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