Il Novellino  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Il Novellino (also known as Cento Novelle Antiche) is a medieval tale collection of 50 "novelle" or short stories by Masuccio Salernitano, each prefaced by a letter of dedication to a famous person and with an epilogue containing the "moral" of the story.

The stories have a strongly anti-clerical bent, which caused Il Novellino to be included in the first Index of Prohibited Books in 1557.

The 33rd of these stories is the story of Mariotto and Giannozza, which appears to be the source text of Shakespeare's famous play Romeo and Juliet.

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