Giovanni Francesco "Gianfrancesco" Straparola (c. 1480 – c. 1557) was a writer from Caravaggio, Italy. His principal work is Le piacevoli notti, a collection of 75 stories. Modelled on Decamerone, it has participants of a 13-night party in the island of Murano, near Venice, tell each other stories that vary from the bawdy to the fantastic.
Among the tales are:
- The Pig King
- Costantino Fortunato, the oldest known variant of "Puss in Boots"
- Ancilotto, King of Provino, the oldest known variant of "The Dancing Water, the Singing Apple, and the Speaking Bird"
- Biancabella and the Snake
- Maestro Lattantio and His Apprentice Dionigi
- Guerrino and the Savage Man, the oldest known variant of "Iron John"
- Fortunio, the earliest European appearance of a story about killing or injuring someone while attempting to shoo away a fly
- Costanza / Costanzo
References[change | change source]
- Zipes, Jack David (2001). The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm : Texts, Criticism. New York : W.W. Norton. p. 841. ISBN 978-0-393-97636-6.
- Jones, Steven Swann (1995). The Fairy Tale: The Magic Mirror of Imagination. Twayne Publishing. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-8057-0950-6.
- Paul Delarue. 1956. The Borzoi Book of French Folk-Tales. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. p. 384.
Other websites[change | change source]
- SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages: The Facetious Nights of Straparola, an English translation of many tales