Dates: 1313 - 1375 (Dates are approximate. )
One of the "three crowns" of Italian literature (along with his contemporary Petrarch and his near contemporary Dante Alighieri), Boccaccio wrote prose and poetry in vernacular Italian. He is best known for his Decameron, which relates stories told by a group of aristocrats who have fled the plague in Florence. Known for his witty dialogue and inclusion of risque material, Boccaccio remained influential into the fifteenth century among Italian authors.
For more information, please see:
- A "website":http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Italian_Studies/dweb/boccaccio/index.shtml run through Brown University’s department of Italian Studies devoted to Boccaccio