Straparola, Giovanni Francesco

Straparola, Giovanni Francesco jōvän´nē fränchās´kō sträpärô´lä [key], d. c.1557, Italian writer. His lyric verse was not of lasting merit, but he excelled as a storyteller. He was perhaps the first to use popular folklore as a basis for fiction. His Piacevoli notti (2 vol., 1550–55 tr. Nights of Straparola, 1894) was enormously successful it mixed such folk stories as Beauty and the Beast with ridiculous tales, supernatural narratives, and topical jokes, all recounted in a pointed and earthy manner. His influence on the fairy-tale genre was great.

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