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Biography of Umberto Eco


PERSONAL
  • Full Name: Umberto Eco
  • Profession: philosopher
  • Place of Birth: Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
  • Date of Birth: Tuesday, January 5th, 1932
  • Zodiac: Capricorn
CAREER
  • Lecturer, University of Turin
  • Professor, Harvard University
  • Doctors of Letters, Rutgers University, New Jersey
  • Doctorate, University of Serbia
BIOGRAPHY
Umberto Eco
Umberto Eco is a philosopher, essayist, semiotician, literary critic, and novelist. His work is very famous is The Name of the Rose, a fictional mystery story that combines intellectual, biblical analysis, and literary theory. He also wrote other novels such as Foucault's Pendulum and The Island of the Day Before. While recent novel is The Prague Cemetery, released in 2010.Selain fictional story, he also wrote a children's textbooks and several essays.

Eco is also the founder of the Dipartimento in Comunicazione at the University of San Marino, president of the Scuola Superiore di Studies Umanistici University of Bologna and honorary professor at the University of Oxford. He was born in Piedmont, Northern Italy. His father, Giulio, was an accountant before the government sent him to serve three wars. During the second world war, Umberto and his mother, Giovanna, moved to a small village in the Piedmontese.

His father was a boy the only one of 13 brothers and urged Umberto to become a lawyer. But Umberto just entering the field of philosophy and literature at the University of Turin. During her studies, she could not believe in the existence of God and left his Roman Catholic Church. After that, he worked as a cultural editor for a television station in Italy and teach at the University of Turin. At the station, he began to establish friendly relations with several artists, writers, musicians, painters who later influenced his results.

Fictional works written by Umberto also sell well in the market. The novel was translated into several languages. In writing, he has a great literary figure which includes an impact on his work, such as James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges that includes modern writers. His first novel, entitled "The Name of the Rose" (1980) with the theme of history and a bit smelly mystery detective who invites readers to join solve problems in some conflict.

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