Giovanni Francesco (or Gianfrancesco) Straparola (c. 1480 - c. 1557) was an Italian writer and fairy tale collector. Events March 6 - Treaty of Toledo - Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain recognize African conquests of Afonso of Portugal and he cedes the Canary Islands to Spain Great standing on the Ugra river - Muscovy becomes independent from the Golden Horde. ... Events Spain is effectively bankrupt. ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ...
Straparola's main work is two-volume collection La piacevoli notti (published in English as The Nights of Straparola), with 75 stories. It was modelled on Decamerone; in it, participants of a 13-night party in the island of Murano, near Venice, tell each other stories that vary from bawdy to fantastic. He is also thought to have written the original story of Beauty and the Beast. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Decameron is a collection of novellas that was finished by Giovanni Boccaccio in 1353. ... A shop with boats, Murano Murano is usually described as an island in the Venetian Lagoon, although like Venice itself it is actually an archipelago of islands linked by bridges. ... Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venexia) , the city of canals, is the capital of the region of Veneto and of the province of Venice in Italy. ...
SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages: The Facetious Nights of Straparola
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His lyric verse was not of lasting merit, but he excelled as a storyteller.
He was perhaps the first to use popular folklore as a basis for fiction.
Nights of Straparola, 1894) was enormously successful; it mixed such folk stories as Beauty and the Beast with ridiculous tales, supernatural narratives, and topical jokes, all recounted in a pointed and earthy manner.
IT is somewhat strange that GiovanniFrancescoStraparola, the author of "Piacevoli Notti," who in his own day was one of the most popular of the Italian novelists, should have been so long neglected.
Straparola turns towards the cheerful side of things, and the lives of the men and women he deals with seem to be less oppressed with the tedium vitae than are the creatures of the Florentine and Sienese and Neapolitan novel-writers.
In the pictures he draws, Straparola illustrates life with a touch of pathos, as in the prologue to the second Night, when he tells of the laughter of the blithe company, ringing so loud and so hearty that it seemed to him as if the sound of their merriment yet lingered in his ears.
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