The Decameron

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Fiction - 698 pages
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In the early summer of the year 1348, as a terrible plague ravages the city, ten charming young Florentines take refuge in country villas to tell each other stories - a hundred stories of love, adventure and surprising twists of fortune which later inspired Chaucer, Keats and Shakespeare. While Dante is a stern moralist, Boccaccio has little time for chastity, pokes fun at crafty, hypocritical clerics and celebrates the power of passion to overcome obstacles and social divisions. Like the Divine Comedy, the Decameron is a towering monument of medieval pre-Renaissance literature, and incorporates certain important elements that are not at once apparent to today's readers. In a new introduction to this revised edition, which also includes additional explanatory notes, maps, bibliography and indexes, Professor McWilliam shows us Boccaccio for what he is - one of the world's greatest masters of vivid and exciting prose fiction.
 

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Contents

VII
23
VIII
35
IX
39
X
42
XI
45
XII
48
XIII
50
XIV
55
LXVI
386
LXVII
389
LXVIII
391
LXIX
393
LXX
395
LXXI
397
LXXII
400
LXXIII
401

XV
57
XVI
58
XVII
61
XVIII
64
XIX
69
XX
75
XXI
83
XXII
87
XXIII
99
XXIV
112
XXV
132
XXVI
146
XXVII
158
XXVIII
165
XXIX
168
XXX
171
XXXI
177
XXXII
181
XXXIII
190
XXXIV
195
XXXV
200
XXXVI
208
XXXVII
223
XXXVIII
231
XXXIX
240
XL
245
XLI
249
XLII
255
XLIII
264
XLIV
273
XLV
278
XLVI
283
XLVII
287
XLVIII
293
XLIX
297
L
302
LI
305
LII
317
LIII
318
LIV
328
LV
334
LVI
340
LVII
345
LVIII
350
LIX
356
LX
362
LXI
367
LXII
373
LXIII
381
LXIV
383
LXV
385
LXXIV
403
LXXV
411
LXXVI
417
LXXVII
418
LXXVIII
422
LXXIX
426
LXXX
431
LXXXI
435
LXXXII
442
LXXXIII
445
LXXXIV
450
LXXXV
457
LXXXVI
467
LXXXVII
470
LXXXVIII
474
LXXXIX
477
XC
482
XCI
489
XCII
494
XCIII
497
XCIV
503
XCV
524
XCVI
528
XCVII
541
XCVIII
551
XCIX
554
C
555
CI
560
CII
563
CIII
566
CIV
570
CV
578
CVI
582
CVII
584
CVIII
587
CIX
592
CX
595
CXI
598
CXII
601
CXIII
606
CXIV
612
CXV
618
CXVI
622
CXVII
628
CXVIII
635
CXIX
652
CXX
668
CXXI
679
CXXII
682
CXXIII
687
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Guido Waldman is at Collins Harvill. Jonathan Usher is at University of Edinburgh.

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