Umberto Eco Is Dead
Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco died at the age of 84, his family says. He is best known for his 1980s historical mystery novel ‘The Name of the Rose’.
He popularized semiotics, a science that studies signs and their meanings, by introducing it into his literary works.
It was his novel, The Name of The Rose, written in 1983, which made him a household name, and assumed the status of a modern classic. The novel was subsequently adapted into a 1986 film, starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.
The novel combined the features of detective fiction and metaphysical thriller set in the Middle Ages about the killing of monk at a great medieval abbey famed for its library. The novel combines a chronicle of the 14th century religious wars, a history of monastic orders and an account of heretical movements.
The Name of the Rose became an international publishing sensation, selling more than ten million copies, and “metamorphosed [the professor] into a literary star.
“Chased by journalists, courted for his cultural commentaries, revered for his expansive erudition, Eco came to be considered the most important Italian writer alive. In the years since, he has continued to write fanciful essays, scholarly works, and four more best-selling novels, including Foucault’s Pendulum (1988) and The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana (2004),” wrote the Paris Review.
Eco founded the Department of Media Studies at the University of the Republic of San Marino, was president of the Graduate School for the Study of the Humanities at the University of Bologna, and an honorary fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.