Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian writer, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist. He is particularly renowned for his masterpiece 'The Decameron', a collection of 100 tales told by a group of young men and women sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death. Boccaccio's work has been influential in literature, and he is often considered one of the pioneers of Italian prose.
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"Decameron" is a collection of 100 stories told by a group of seven young women and three young men sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city. The tales, which range from the erotic to the tragic, the hilarious to the instructional, are embedded in a rich framework narrative that provides a detailed portrait of the society of the Italian Renaissance.