Italian Renaissance Tales

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  • Copyright: 2020-01-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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'Thus she was decapitated, and this was the end to which she was brought by her unbridled lusts.'

For over two centuries after Boccaccio's groundbreaking Decameron, the Italian novella exercised a crucial influence over European prose fiction. With thirty-nine stories by nineteen authors, many translated for the first time, this anthology presents tales from the whole genre and period. Here we
meet a rich cast of humble peasants and shrewd craftsmen, frustrated wives, libidinous friars, ill-fated lovers, and vengeful nobles. These works had a considerable impact in English, and the selection includes tales that have provided sources for Chaucer, Shakespeare, Webster, Marston, Dryden,
Byron and Keats.

The typical novella is situated in a precise time and place and features people who either existed historically or are presumed to have done so. The subject-matter, whether ribald or sentimental, comic or tragic, often reflects the social and economic conditions of its age and thus the novella has
been seen as a crucial stage in the development of fictional realism and the emergence of the novel

Author Biography

Anthony Mortimer is Emeritus Professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and also taught for many years at the University of Geneva. In addition to his scholarly work on English Renaissance Poetry, he has produced a series of verse translations: Dante (the Vita Nuova), Cavalcanti, Petrarch, Michelangelo, Angelus Silesius, Villon, Baudelaire, and The Song of Roland. His version of Luigi Pirandello's Three Plays was published in the Oxford World's Classics in 2014.

Table of Contents

A Note on the Text and Acknowledgements
Select Bibliography
Giovanni Boccaccio
The Conversion of Abraham
Alibech and Rustico
Tancredi and Ghismonda
The Pot of Basil
Madonna Filippa's Defence
Peronella and the Jar
Patient Griselda
Ser Giovanni Fiorentino
Giannetto and the Lady of Belmont
Franco Sacchetti
Piero Brandani's Son
A Sermon on Usury
Giovanni Gherardi da Prato
The Tale of Catellina
Gentile Sermini
Anselmo Salimbeni and Angelica Montanini
Antonio Manetti
The Fat Woodworker
Masuccio Salernitano
Saint Griffin's Drawers
The Castilian Student
Sabbadino degli Arienti
The Priest and the Friar
Niccolo Machiavelli
A Fable
Giovan Francesco Straparola
Margherita Spolatina
Luigi da Porto
The Story of Two Noble Lovers
Giovanni Brevio
Madonna Lisabetta
Matteo Bandello
The Countess of Challant
Giulia of Gazzuolo
Timbreo and Fenicia
The Duchess of Amalfi
Niccolo d'Este
Anton Francesco Grazzini
Fazio the Goldsmith
Lazzero and Gabriello
Pietro Fortini
Antonio Angelini
Cristoforo Armeno
The Metamorphoses of an Emperor
Giovambattista Giraldi Cinzio
The Moorish Captain
Nigella and the Doctor
Iuriste and Epitia
Giambattista Basile
Sun, Moon, and Talia
Francesco Pona
Explanatory Notes
Notes on the Authors

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