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Boccaccio: The Decameron

John_William_Waterhouse_-_The_DecameronThe Decameron is a collection of stories by Giovanni Boccaccio, probably completed around 1353. It is set during the Black Death in Florence some years before, following a group of seven women and three men who flee the city for a deserted villa, passing the time by telling each other a series of tales over ten days.

This provides the occasion for a hundred stories, drawn from a variety of sources, in what would be one of the most influential uses of the frame-story device in Western literature.

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Free online texts

Gutenberg: The Decameron, translated by John Payne. Multiple formats.

Gutenberg: The Decameron, translated by J.M. Rigg. Vol. I | Vol II. Multiple formats.

Gutenberg: The Decameron, translated by John Florior. Vol. I. | Vol II. Multiple formats.

Internet Archive: The Decameron (Chatto & Windus edition, 1922). Multiple formats.

Standard Ebooks: The Decameron, translated by John Payne. AZW3, EPUB, KEPUB and Advanced EPUB formats.

University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): The Decameron, translation attributed to John Florio (1620). Multiple formats.

Wikisource: The Decameron. Payne (1886) and Rigg (1903) translations. HTML and other formats.

Italian texts

Letterature Italiana: Decameron. PDF format.

Libero: Decameron - HTML format.

Wikisource: Decameron - HTML and other formats.

Other Resources

Boston Review: What would Boccacio say about Covid-19? by Paula Findlen, 24 April 2020.

Brown University: Decameron Web - included texts and translations.

Librivox: The Decameron, translated by J.M.Rigg - public domain audiobook.

Wikipedia: Giovanni Boccaccio - The Decameron - Summary of Decameron tales

Further reading

Paul the Deacon: History of the Lombards

Dante Alighieri: The Divine Comedy

Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales - A number of the tales imitate stories from the Decameron.

Marguerite de Navarre: The Heptameron

Christine De Pisan: Book of the City of Ladies

Shakespeare: All's Well That Ends Well

Jonathan Swift: A Tale of a Tub

Lessing: Nathan The Wise

Italian language resources

Harold Bloom's Western Canon: The Decameron is listed.


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