Famous Women

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Product Details

Price
$18.50
Publisher
Harvard University Press
Publish Date
Pages
320
Dimensions
5.3 X 7.96 X 0.88 inches | 0.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780674011304
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About the Author

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist. As a writer he is particularly notable for the verisimilitude of his dialogue, in an age when most writers followed formulaic models for character and plot.

Virginia Brown is Senior Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.

Reviews

Whatever his intentions--and it may be that feminism was a long-term outgrowth of the humanism that he pioneered--Boccaccio launched a lasting genre that urged women, as well as men, to reach for glory, and gave them examples to live by.--David Quint "The New Republic "
For good or evil, as wife, mother, or whore, these women have the splendor of clarity; their individual destinies are sharply defined.--Tim Parks "New York Review of Books "
In a pungent new translation by Virginia Brown, [Boccaccio's] famous women hold up very well indeed...The success of Famous Women suggests that [Renaissance] ladies read their Boccaccio as we are invited to read him: with forbearance for his foibles and delight in the tales he tells with such gusto and skill.--Ingrid D. Rowland "New York Times Book Review "