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<i>Decameron, The</i>

Edited by Dinah Birch and Katy Hooper

in The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature

Fourth edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199608218
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744556
Decameron, The

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Giovanni *Boccaccio's masterpiece, a collection of 100 tales told over a period of ten days (hence the title). The stories, which have many different sources, are contained within a frame narrative (cornice), an innovative feature. This relates how seven young women and three young men flee Florence during the Black Death and take refuge in the countryside, where they entertain themselves by telling these tales. ...

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