Giovanni Florio (London, 1553 – Fulham, 1625), known as John Florio, was a translator, poet, playwright, linguist, lexicographer, and royal language tutor at the Court of James I. He is recognised as the most important humanist in Renaissance's England, he was also the first translator of Montaigne into English, the first translator of Boccaccio into English and he wrote the first comprehensive Dictionary in English and Italian (surpassing the only previous modest Italian–English dictionary by William Thomas published in 1550). John Florio contributed to the English language with 1149 words, placing third after Chaucer (with 2012 words) and Shakespeare (with 1969 words), in the linguistic analysis conducted by Stanford professor John Willinsky. He has been proposed as the real author of Shakespeare's works.
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