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Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 1375)

Related: Decameron (ca. 1351) - 1300s - Italian literature - Middle Ages - Western canon


Giovanni Boccaccio (June 16, 1313 December 21, 1375) was a Italian author and poet, the greatest of Petrarch's disciples, an important Renaissance humanist in his own right and author of a number of notable works including On Famous Women, the Decameron and his poems in the vernacular. Boccaccio's characters are notable for their era in that they are realistic, spirited and clever individuals who are grounded in reality (in contradiction to the characters of his contemporaries, who were more concerned with the Medieval virtues of Chivalry, Piety and Humility). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Boccaccio [Aug 2005]

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