Pentamerone is one of those books everybody should read at least twice yet most of the people will never hear of. It's officially the first written collection of national fairy tales, it presents several first or very early printed versions of the most popular fairy tales today and it is built on the plot which became one of the two major plots for all literary works. It is a masterwork of Giambattista Basile who died before it was published for the first time. Despite its importance Pentamerone or The Tale of Tales, as the author titled it, never became really known to the wide audience and now it's time to at least partly correct the injustice to this influential book.
Here are 10 amazing facts about Pentamerone to start with: