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Giovanni Francesco Straparola

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
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