Umberto Eco

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Umberto Eco


Born
in Alessandria, Italy
January 05, 1932

Died
February 19, 2016

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Umberto Eco was an Italian writer of fiction, essays, academic texts, and children's books, and certainly one of the finest authors of the twentieth century. A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Eco’s brilliant fiction is known for its playful use of language and symbols, its astonishing array of allusions and references, and clever use of puzzles and narrative inventions. His perceptive essays on modern culture are filled with a delightful sense of humor and irony, and his ideas on semiotics, interpretation, and aesthetics have established his reputation as one of academia’s foremost thinkers.

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History of Beauty

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“We live for books.”
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“Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn't ask ourselves what it says but what it means...”
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Polls

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HISTORICAL FICTION POLL "A"
There will be a series of polls to begin putting together a potential reading list for the "historical fiction folder". I have divided the books into groups of 15 books apiece. Make sure to choose your favorite from each poll and make sure to vote in each of these polls so that we can generate a list according to priorities and interests.

The Killer Angels by Michael ShaaraMichael Shaara

KILLER ANGELS BY MICHAEL SHAARA
 
  9 votes, 29.0%

A Tale of Two Cities (Silver Classics) by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens

THE TALE OF TWO CITIES BY CHARLES DICKENS
 
  5 votes, 16.1%

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo Victor Hugo

LES MISERABLES BY VICTOR HUGO
 
  4 votes, 12.9%

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DOCTOR ZHIVAGO BY BORIS PASTERNAK
 
  4 votes, 12.9%

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Leo Tolstoy

WAR AND PEACE BY TOLSTOY
 
  2 votes, 6.5%

Rob Roy (Penguin Classics) by Walter Scott Walter Scott


ROB ROY BY WALTER SCOTT
 
  2 votes, 6.5%

The Man Who Made Vermeers Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren by Jonathan Lopez Jonathan Lopez

THE MAN WHO MADE VERMEERS - UNVARNISHING THE LEGEND OF MASTER FORGER HAN VAN MEEGEREN
 
  1 vote, 3.2%

Ivanhoe (Penguin Classics) by Walter Scott Walter Scott

IVANHOE BY WALTER SCOTT
 
  1 vote, 3.2%

The Good Earth (Enriched Classics) by Pearl S. Buck Pearl S. Buck

THE GOOD EARTH BY PEARL S. BUCK
 
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JOHNNY TREMAIN BY ESTHER FORBES
 
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Ben Hur A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace Lew Wallace

BEN HUR BY LEW WALLACE
 
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THE CID BY PIERRE CORNEILLE
 
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Richard II (Oxford School Shakespeare Series) by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare


RICHARD II BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
 
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GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING BY TRACY CHEVALIER
 
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