Giovanni boccaccio giovanni boccaccio the decameron it was probably in the years 1348 53 that boccaccio composed the decameron in the form in which it is read today in the broad sweep of its range and its alternately tragic and comic views of life it is rightly regarded as his masterpiece stylistically it is the most perfect example of italian classical prose and its influence on . Giovanni boccaccio italian poet and scholar best remembered as the author of the earthy tales in the decameron with petrarch he laid the foundations for the humanism of the renaissance and raised vernacular literature to the level and status of the classics of antiquity boccaccio was the son of. The decameron c1351 is an entertaining series of one hundred stories written in the wake of the black death the stories are told in a country villa outside the city of florence by ten young noble men and women who are seeking to escape the ravages of the plague boccaccios skill as a dramatist
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