Giambattista Basile

1566 - 1632

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Giambattista Basile (Giugliano in Campania, 15 February 1566 (date of baptism) – February 1632) was an Italian poet, courtier, and fairy tale collector. His collections include the oldest recorded forms of many well-known (and more obscure) European fairy tales. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giambattista Basile has received more than 389,700 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Giambattista Basile is the 663rd most popular writer (up from 668th in 2019), the 801st most popular biography from Italy (up from 822nd in 2019) and the 56th most popular Italian Writer.

Giambattista Basile is most famous for his collection of fairy tales titled "Lo cunto de li cunti" (The Tale of Tales).

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  • 32

    Languages Editions (L)

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Notable Works

Stories from the Pentamerone
Stories from Pentamerone
Il pentamerone, ossia La fiaba delle fiabe
The pentameron
Il Pentamerone del caualier Giovan Battista Basile
Fairy tales

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Over the past year Giambattista Basile has had the most page views in the with 51,327 views, followed by English (37,760), and Russian (13,034). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Esperanto (366.15%), Tagalog (97.25%), and Icelandic (52.84%)


Among writers, Giambattista Basile ranks 663 out of 7,302Before him are Camilo José Cela, Washington Irving, Frontinus, Ian McEwan, Isabelle de Charrière, and Aratus. After him are Ivan Goncharov, Irwin Shaw, Eduardo Galeano, Sugawara no Michizane, Theodore the Studite, and Matilde Camus.

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Among people born in 1566, Giambattista Basile ranks 6Before him are Mehmed III, Sigismund III Vasa, James VI and I, Carlo Gesualdo, and Isabella Clara Eugenia. After him are Abraham Bloemaert, Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi, Sendivogius, Giovanni Baglione, Jan Jesenius, and Christian, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Among people deceased in 1632, Giambattista Basile ranks 5Before him are Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, Sigismund III Vasa, Frederick V of the Palatinate, and Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly. After him are Tokugawa Hidetada, Leopold V, Archduke of Austria, Jost Bürgi, Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Maurice, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, Infante Carlos of Spain, and Francis II, Duke of Lorraine.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Giambattista Basile ranks 801 out of 5,161Before him are Alessandro Algardi (1595), Nero Julius Caesar (6), Giuliano da Sangallo (1445), Clementia of Hungary (1293), Athalaric (516), and Antonio del Pollaiolo (1429). After him are Giancarlo Giannini (1942), Vittorio Monti (1868), Sebastiano del Piombo (1485), Il Sodoma (1477), Pope Benedict V (930), and Giovanna of Italy (1907).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Giambattista Basile ranks 56Before him are Cassiodorus (487), Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896), Poliziano (1454), Curzio Malaparte (1898), Giosuè Carducci (1835), and Pietro Metastasio (1698). After him are Carlo Gozzi (1720), Francesca da Rimini (1259), Andrea Camilleri (1925), Veronica Franco (1546), Emilio Salgari (1862), and Theognis of Megara (-570).