The Pentamerone or Lo cunto de li cunti overo lo trattenemiento de peccerille (The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones) is a seventeenth-century collection of fairy tales by Giambattista Basile. The collection consists of a frame story and 49 fairy tales. Ten old women tell the tales over five days. The collection contains many famous fairy tale types such as "Cinderella" and "Puss in Boots".
References[change | edit source]
- Zipes, Jack (Ed.) 2000. The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales. Oxford UP. pp. 377-8.
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Other websites[change | edit source]
- "La vita di Giambattista Basile" (in Italian)
- The complete text of Lo cunto de li cunti (in Neapolitan)
- Works by Giambattista Basile at Project Gutenberg
- SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages: Il Pentamerone by Giambattista Basile
- Illustrations by George Cruikshank
- Professor S. Cicciotti's page about G. B. Basile (in Italian)
- Online text of some stories, in English (from Taylor translation)