Giovanni Verga (1840-1922) was born into a bourgeois family in Sicily and began writing historical romances as a teenager. His later fiction was more naturalistic and dramatic in style and dealt largely with Sicilian rural life. He was introduced to the English-speaking world in the translations of D. H. Lawrence and is now considered to be one of the major Italian nineteenth-century authors. Harry McWilliam has translated Boccaccio's DECAMERON for Penguin.
Acknowledgements Introduction Bibliography Note on Sicilian Terms Nedda from VITA DEI CAMPI Cavalleria rusticana The She-Wolf Picturesque Lives Jeli the Shepherd Rosso Malpelo Gramigna's Mistress War of the Saints How, When and Why from NOVELLE RUSTICANE The Reverend Getting to know the King Don Licciu Papa Malaria Property Black Bread Bigwigs Freedom OTHER STORIES Springtime Wolf-hunt Maps Notes