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Umberto Eco in 2005.
|Full name||Umberto Eco|
5 January 1932|
Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
19 February 2016 (aged 84)|
|Era||20th / 21st-century philosophy|
|Notable ideas||The "open work" (opera aperta), the "intention of the reader" ("intentio lectoris"), the "limits" of interpretation|
Eco was born in 1932 in Northern Italy. As a student, he studied philosophy, history, literature, and educational sciences. He finished his studies in 1954 with a doctoral thesis about Thomas Aquinas. In 1962, he married.
Eco worked as a professor in different centres. Starting in 1971, he held the chair of semiotics at the University of Bologna. (At a university, a "chair" is the highest rank a professor can earn.) He was also given honorary degrees by thirty different universities.
More famous works
- Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose, 1980) - A historical novel set in the Middle Ages. This novel made Eco famous after it was turned into a best-selling movie.
- Il pendolo di Foucault (Foucault's Pendulum, 1988) - Three workers of a publishing house are trapped in their own fiction.
- L'isola del giorno prima (The Island of the Day Before, 1994) - A nobleman from the 17th century gets trapped in a yacht and wonders about how time is passing.
- Baudolino (2000) - An emperor mistakes a young peasant for his own child. This is a picaresque novel (a novel whose main character is a dishonest person or a criminal. This person tells their story in bits and pieces).
- La Misteriosa Fiamma della Regina Loana (The Mysterious Flame of the Queen Loana, 2004) - A man who loses his memory tries get it back. This novel is set in the times of Eco's youth.
- Opera Aperta
- Minimal Diary
- Kant and the Ornithorhynchus
- Semiotics and philosophy of the language
- The firm
- Art and Beauty in the Medieval Aesthetic
- The Limits of Interpretation
- Six Walks for the Narrative Forests
- Lector in fabula
- Apocalyptics and Integrates
- On Literature
- Searching the Perfect Language
- History of Beauty
- On Ugliness
(The English translations of titles require checking)
- "È morto lo scrittore Umberto Eco" (in Italian). 19 February 2016. http://www.corriere.it/cultura/16_febbraio_20/morto-umberto-eco-6a6c8fac-d760-11e5-a4d1-c8704a1e2204.shtml. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Umberto Eco, Italian author of 'The Name of the Rose,' dies at 84". Reuters. 20 February 2015. http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-italy-eco-idUKKCN0VT037. Retrieved 20 January 2016.