Matteo Bandello


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Italian short story writer, many of whose tales were translated by Belleforest into French (1564–82); 13 of these French versions were rendered into English by Geoffrey Fenton in his Certaine Tragicall Discourses (1567). Painter's Palace of Pleasure includes 25 of Bandello's tales, nine translated from the Italian and sixteen from Belleforest. Turberville included two in his Tragical Tales (1576). Bandello is the source of plots for many English plays, including Much Ado about Nothing, Twelfth Night, and The Duchess of Malfi.

Subjects: Literature.

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