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Grudins' new book to appear in June '12


Boccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian Renaissance is a pathbreaking study of Boccaccio’s masterpiece.  Based on a reading of Cicero’s late works, De legibus, De re publica and De officiis, Robert Grudin and Michaela Paasche Grudin show that Ciceronian social thought provided Boccaccio with the basis for a radical reconsideration of his own culture, inspiring his call for a new awareness, based on reason, nature, and the autonomy of the individual.  With this Ciceronian influence in mind, the Grudins have produced the first interpretation of the Decameron that integrates its narrative frame, its canzoni and the novelle themselves into a single coherent and powerful development.

For information about launch gatherings in NY, DC, and Berkeley, contact Robert at rgrudin@gmail.com.