Treasure Island

Giovanni Boccaccio

(1313 – 21 December 1375 / Florence)

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  • 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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Beginneth here the book called Decameron, otherwise Prince Galeotto, wherein are contained one hundred novels told in ten days by seven ladies and three young men.

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'Tis humane to have compassion on the afflicted; and as it shews well in all, so it is especially demanded of those who have had need of comfort and have found it in others: among whom, if any had ever need thereof or found it precious or delectable, I may be numbered; seeing that from my early youth eve

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