The Decameron (Norton Critical Edition) / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume contains twenty-one of the hundred novelle that comprise Boccaccio’s masterpiece.
The stories have been chosen to represent the most notable of the author’s themes and the most characteristic and influential examples of his narrative technique. All are in new translations by Mark Musa and Peter Bondanella which successfully capture Boccaccio’s variations in diction and sentence structure.
"Contemporary Reactions" includes Petrarch’s letters to Boccaccio after completion of The Decameron and the responses of such Italian Renaissance figures as Leonardo Bruni, Filippo Villani, Giannozzo Manetti, and Ludovico Dolce, all of which have been translated for this edition.
"Modern Criticism" includes interpretations by Ugo Foscolo, Francesco De Sanctis, Erich Auerbach, Aldo D. Scaglione, Wayne Booth, Tzvetan Todorov, Robert J. Clements, and Marga Cottino-Jones.
Thomas G. Bergin’s important historical overview is published here for the first time, while Ben Lawton’s study of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s filming of The Decameron and a general essay by the editors were written specially for this volume.

An entertaining series of 100 stories told in a country villa outside the city of Florence by ten young noble men and women seeking to escape the plague. Vivid portraits of people from all stations in life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393091328
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1977
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 627,089
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter E. Bondanella is Professor of Italian Emeritus at Indiana University, an NEH Younger Humanist and Senior Fellow, and the author of Machiavelli and the Art of Renaissance History and Francesco Guiccardini.

Mark Musa is Professor of Italian Emeritus at Indiana University and a Guggenheim Fellow. He has translated Dante’s Divine Comedy and La Vita Nuova and is the author of Advent at the Gates: Dante’s Comedy.

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    For those interested in Rome...

    This is an excellent source for learning about the history, laws, and culture in the early period of ancient Rome. The author is very thorough, amd unlike many books of this type, the writing style is easy to follow and very rich. The author brings in many sources, including primary authors, so the reader can be sure that they are getting a true overview not only of Roman history, but Roman historiography, which for this civilization, is equally important. Definitely not your typically dry history book!

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    Posted May 14, 2007

    People aren't much more civilized now than they were 500 years ago- but what is civilized?

    This unedited 'classic' may be too close to home to even admit you've read it, but if you did, it's all for the better. With no exceptions, this book tells of people, like you and I, only 500 years ago, and we haven't evolved much behaviorally since. This is the kind of book, that even if you've read, you probably wouldn't admit it even to your spouse, and even if you did you'd never ever say you liked it even if you loved it, and it's all because people nowadays wish to keep a pristine feeling of themselves. Like the Canterbury Tales, this book tells the real stories of what people told in those days. It's like the book Deep Throat but with a story and a brain or the movie Debbie Does Dallas but with real people and a reason. I'm really happy to be the first person to write a review of this timeless book and I also enjoyed the Pasolini movie of it!

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    Reminded me a bit of Spoon River Anthology. Very vivid, interes

    Reminded me a bit of Spoon River Anthology. Very vivid, interesting portrayals of a wide cross-section of humanity in a very difficult historical period. It almost reads like a census forum of sorts. Very interesting.

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    Posted November 30, 2011

    Terrible Format

    We read some in school and I was intrigued, but this is a really bad version. Its really confusing to read and not worth getting.

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    Fine Literature

    This book is a true masterpiece of literature. It incorporates beauty with wit, and is a must for any reader.

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    Posted July 5, 2001

    A classic every adult should read

    Bocaccio writes an excellent and entertaining book. It's a very easy read since it's a collection of stories 'told' by a group of friends during the age of the Black Death. It's racy and funny and tells of all the follies and foibles of humanity. I would recommend it even to non-readers since it is very easy to pick up and put down.

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