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The Palace of Pleasure, Volume I

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Author: William Painter
Published: 1575
Language: English
Wordcount: 171,172 / 496 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,795
Added to site: 2007.01.02
mnybks.net#: 15704
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Drama

The present edition follows page for page and line for line the privately printed and very limited edition made by Joseph Haslewood in 1813.

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d. Between the fifteenth and the eighteenth centuries the Italian presses poured forth some four thousand novelle, all avowedly tracing from Boccaccio.[6] Many of these, it is true, were imitations of the gayer strains of Boccaccio's genius. But a considerable proportion of them have a sterner tone, and deal with the weightier matters of life, and in this they had none but the master for their model. The gloom of the Black Death settles down over the greater part of all this literature. Every memorable outburst of the fiercer passions of men that occurred in Italy, the land of passion, for all these years, found record in a novella of Boccaccio's followers. The Novelle answered in some respects to our newspaper reports of trials and the earlier Last Speech and Confession. But the example of Boccaccio raised these gruesome topics into the region of art. Often these tragedies are reported of the true actors; still more often under the disguise of fictitious names, that enable

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