Gianfrancesco Straparola

Italian writer and fairy tale collector

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.[1][2]

Giovanni Francesco Straparola

Among the tales are:


  1. 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.
  2. Jones, Steven Swann (1995). The Fairy Tale: The Magic Mirror of Imagination. Twayne Publishing. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-8057-0950-6.
  3. Paul Delarue. 1956. The Borzoi Book of French Folk-Tales. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. p. 384.

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