At a glance:
- Author: Giovanni Boccaccio
- First Published: 1349
- Type of Work: Short fiction
- Type of Plot: Story-within-a-story
- Time of Work: Antiquity and the Middle Ages
- Setting: Italy
- Genres: Short fiction, Farce, Folklore, Frame story
- Subjects: Tricksters, Love or romance, Suicide, Murder or homicide, Marriage, Brothers, Storytelling, Kings, queens, or royalty, Italy or Italians, Greek or Roman times, Middle Ages, Plague, Fourteenth century
- Locales: Europe, Italy, Italy, ancient
The narrator, a calculated, controlled voice, sensitive and seemingly genuine, that speaks directly to the reader. In the preface and introduction, the narrator establishes the narrative framework, describes the Florentine Black Plague of 1348, and introduces the ten storytellers. In the prologue to the fourth day, he defends himself against criticism. In the conclusion, he defends himself against charges of obscenity, slandering the clergy, and frivolity.
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