The Pentamerone: Giambattista Basile: Basile’s collection, Lo cunto de li cunti ( ; “The Story of Stories”; best Italian translation B. Croce, ; best English. Lo cunto de li cunti (Il Pentamerone): Testo conforme alla prima stampa del MDCXXXIV – VI;, a cura di Benedetto Croce, Napoli, pei tipi del Cav. A second strand in the European fairy tale tradition emerged in Naples in Lo cunto de li cunti over lo trattenemiento de li peccerille by Giambattista Basile (c.

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Two of the marvellous cunti included there, “Lo catenaccio” “The Padlock” and “Lo turzo d’oro” “The Golden Trunk”are baskle recognised as partial retellings of the classical fabula of “Cupid and Psyche” from Apuleius’s “Metamorphoses”. The stories are told with hardly any break, and the tone, at least in the Neapolitan tales, is perfectly caught….

The same collections provided German publishing houses with stories for a growing German readership, and by Germany was saturated with fairy tales that no longer bore identifying marks of their French origins. Lo Cunto de li Cunti. We may therefore look on this collection of fifty tales as the basis of many others; for although it was not so in actual fact, and was indeed not known beyond the country in which it appeared, and was never translated into French, it still has all the importance of a basis, owing to the coherence of its traditions.

These stories were later adapted by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimmthe latter making extensive, acknowledged use of Basile’s collection.

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Basile, Neapolitan author of A Moorish slave steals it, finishes filling it, and claims the prince. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This page was last edited on 23 Decemberat Medieval Renard tales — mock courtly romances with stock characters Renard the fox, Ysengrin the wolfinverted plots, and parodistic characteristics — survived in early modern chap-books, cunti, cheap pamphlet-like books.


While other collections of stories have included stories that would be termed fairy tales, his work is llo first collection in which all the stories fit in that single category. Basile has not allowed himself to make any alteration, scarcely even any addition of importance, and that gives his work a special value — Wilhelm Grimm The tales of Giambattista Basile are set in Basilicata and Campaniawhere he spent most of his life at the local nobles.

Attributed to a Greek slave of basilw sixth century b.

By far the more frequent phenomenon, however, is movement from learned literature to folk tradition. Log In Sign Up. Views Read Edit View history.

Lo Cunto De Li Cunti

Swann Jones, Steven They include the earliest known versions of Rapunzel and Cinderella. The husband hires ten female storytellers to keep her amused; disguised among them is Zoza. Although the work fell into obscurity, the Brothers Grimmin their third cujti of Grimm’s Fairy Talespraised it highly as the first national collection of fairy tales, fitting their romantic nationalist views on fairy tales, and as capturing the Neapolitan voice.

The film Tale of Tales is a screen adaptation loosely based on his fairy tale collection.

It later became known as the Pentamerone. From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm. The Magic Mirror of Imagination.


In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. The stories are told with hardly any break, and the tone, at least in the Neapolitan tales, is perfectly caught The tales of Giambattista Basile are set in Basilicata and Campaniawhere he spent most of his life at the local nobles.

This drew a great deal of attention to the work. The Pentamerone, or The Story of Stories. While it has often been posited that the narrative materials in the “Cunto” mainly derive from oral folktales, the present essay argues that these particular stories were likely modelled directly on the highly influential Apuleian text itself, in a manner quite in line with the collection’s general approach to the Classics.

The style of the stories is heavily Baroque, with many metaphorical usages.

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In Venice he began to write poetry. This frame story in itself is a fairy tale, combining motifs that will appear in other stories: Basile’s earliest known literary production is from in the form of a preface to the Vaiasseide of his friend the Neapolitan writer Giulio Cesare Cortese.

Giambattista Basile spent much time in the courts of the nobles of the kingdom of Naples ; tales of Pentamerone are set in the woods and castles of the Cuntooin particular gasile city of Acerenza.

Il Pentamerone is essentially the first full collection of European literary fairy tales.