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. 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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On Ugliness

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The Island of the Day Before

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Numero zero

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Polls

June 2015 Revisit the Shelf Group Reread

1855, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, 521 pages
 
  9 votes, 23.7%

 
  7 votes, 18.4%

 
  5 votes, 13.2%

 
  4 votes, 10.5%

1980, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, 536 pages
 
  4 votes, 10.5%

 
  3 votes, 7.9%

1952, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 601 pages
 
  2 votes, 5.3%

1847, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 507 pages
 
  2 votes, 5.3%

 
  1 vote, 2.6%

1895, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, 118 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.6%

1965, Dune by Frank Herbert, 604 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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