Category Archives: Boccaccio

What to Do When Quarantined

In “Decameron,” Boccaccio describes young lords and ladies retiring to a villa and telling stories to escape the Black Plague. It’s an idea for those who are driven into their homes by the coronavirus.

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  • Literature is as vital to our lives as food and shelter. Stories and poems help us work through the challenges we face, from everyday irritations to loneliness, heartache, and death. Literature is meant to mix it up with life. This website explores how it does so.

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