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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.
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 "