Giraldi, Giovanni Battista

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Giraldi, Giovanni Battista

Giraldi, Giovanni Battista (jōvänˈnē bät-tēsˈtä jērälˈdē), 1504–73, Italian author, known also as Cinthio, Cintio, Cinzio, or Cyntius. He wrote tragedies, lyric verse, and tales. Some of the stories in his Ecatommiti [one hundred tales] (1565) were translated by Whetstone and other 16th-century English writers. Shakespeare derived from them the plots of Othello and Measure for Measure.
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