Giovan Battista Basile (1575-1632) lived in different parts of today's Italy, wrote mainly works dedicated to members of the nobility in different courts, but still managed to build an immortal monument to his home country. He did that with a very special book which set standards for a fairay tale as a genre.
If we call Perrault the father of the fairy tale and Brothers Grimm the academics who inspired collectors of folklore all over the world, Basile deserves a title of the inventor of the fairy tale. His Pentamerone is the first known collection of fairy tales in the world.
There is very scarce info about this amazing man of letters, but we still found enough to present 10 interesting facts about Giambattista Basile: