Giovanni Boccaccio

(1313 – 21 December 1375 / Florence)

Giovanni Boccaccio
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Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian author and poet, a friend, student, and correspondent of Petrarch, an important Renaissance humanist and the author of a number of notable works including the Decameron, On Famous Women, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular. Boccaccio is particularly notable for his dialogue, of which it has been said that it surpasses in verisimilitude that of virtually all of his contemporaries, since they were medieval writers and often followed formulaic models for character and plot.


The exact details of his birth are uncertain. The majority of sources state that he was born either in Florence or in a village near Certaldo where his ... more »

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  • Rookie Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (6/19/2007 12:26:00 PM)

    I'm not prejudiced but really...Boccacio doesn't belong here! Yes, he's an innovator, one of the utmost revolutionists of the novel and italian literature, why, world literature! ! Yet, he's not a poet with the pure sense as Dante(though I must read the second volume of Decameron! I just adore it!)

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