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The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio (select stories)

May 24, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

featuring Maggie Fritz-Morkin, Assistant Professor of Italian


Winner of the 2014 PEN USA Literary Award for Translation

A towering monument of European literature and a masterpiece of imaginative narrative. Penguin Classics

The Decameron is a joyously comic book that has earned its place in world literature not just because it makes us laugh, but more importantly because it shows us how essential laughter is to the human condition. W. W. Norton

—”The greatest short story collection of all time.” —Leonard Barkan, Princeton University

Boccaccio’s work is not only important for its superb literary quality but for its examination of the changing cultural values that defined the transition from medieval times into the renaissance. More than the sum of its parts, The Decameron is a milestone in the history of European literature, an influential and enduring masterpiece.

The Decameron, an inexhaustibly rich late-medieval feast of narrative cunning, bawdy humor, and sly wit, is a celebration of the sheer pleasure of being alive.” Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University


Meeting Date: Tuesdays, May 24 and 31

Cost: $40, includes a copy of the book shipped to your home

Register online or call 919.962.1544


May 24, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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