By Giovanni Boccaccio; J. G. Nichols (Translator)
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307472175, 661pp.)

Publication Date: February 14, 2012

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Giovanni Boccaccio's "Decameron" was the first great masterpiece of European storytelling; this brilliant new translation by J. G. Nichols faithfully captures its timeless vitality in readable and natural English.
In the summer of 1348, with the plague ravaging Florence, ten young men and women take refuge in the countryside. There they entertain one another for ten days with tales of love, death, and deception, featuring a host of characters from lascivious clergymen and mad kings to devious lovers and false miracle-makers. Named from the Greek for "ten days," the "Decameron" draws on ancient mythology, historical events, and everyday life, blending them into a treasury of tragic, comic, and outrageously bawdy stories that have influenced writers and entertained readers for more than six centuries.

About the Author
Wayne A. Rebhorn is the Celanese Centennial Professor of English at the University of Texas, where he teaches English, Italian, and comparative literature. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) is one of Italy's foremost literary figures, and his work has had profound influence over many 20th-century writers. His most famous work is the play "Six Characters in Search of an Author," Howard Curtis has translated numerous Italian and French works into English, including Edoardo Albinati's "Coming Back," which won the 2004 John Florio Prize for Italian Translation.
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