Umberto Eco

1932 - 2016

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Umberto Eco (5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016) was an Italian medievalist, philosopher, semiotician, novelist, cultural critic and political and social commentator. In English, he is best known for his popular 1980 novel The Name of the Rose, a historical mystery combining semiotics in fiction with biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory, as well as Foucault's Pendulum, his 1988 novel which touches on similar themes.Eco wrote prolifically throughout his life, with his output including children's books, translations from French and English, in addition to a twice-monthly newspaper column "La Bustina di Minerva" (Minerva's Matchbook) in the magazine L'Espresso beginning in 1985, with his last column (a critical appraisal of the Romantic paintings of Francesco Hayez) appearing 27 January 2016. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Umberto Eco has received more than 3,054,098 page views. His biography is available in 102 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 98 in 2019). Umberto Eco is the 62nd most popular writer (down from 60th in 2019), the 54th most popular biography from Italy (down from 51st in 2019) and the 8th most popular Italian Writer.

Umberto Eco is most famous for his novel "The Name of the Rose," which was a bestseller and sold over 20 million copies.

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Among writers, Umberto Eco ranks 62 out of 5,794Before him are Jane Austen, Nikolai Gogol, Gustave Flaubert, Stefan Zweig, Sappho, and Maxim Gorky. After him are Lord Byron, Aeschylus, Arthur Rimbaud, Matsuo Bashō, Rabindranath Tagore, and Ayn Rand.

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Among people born in 1932, Umberto Eco ranks 1After him are Elizabeth Taylor, Johnny Cash, Debbie Reynolds, Jacques Chirac, Andrei Tarkovsky, Omar Sharif, Miloš Forman, Luc Montagnier, François Truffaut, John Williams, and Cesare Maldini. Among people deceased in 2016, Umberto Eco ranks 3Before him are Muhammad Ali and Fidel Castro. After him are Johan Cruyff, Bud Spencer, Leonard Cohen, Debbie Reynolds, Shimon Peres, Bhumibol Adulyadej, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Imre Kertész.

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Among people born in Italy, Umberto Eco ranks 54 out of 4,088Before him are Marcus Licinius Crassus (-115), Maria Montessori (1870), Vespasian (9), Pope Gregory I (540), Parmenides (-501), and Luciano Pavarotti (1935). After him are Romulus Augustulus (460), Vitruvius (-75), Benedict of Nursia (480), Pope Clement VII (1478), Evangelista Torricelli (1608), and Pope John XXIII (1881).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Umberto Eco ranks 8Before him are Virgil (-70), Petrarch (1304), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Ovid (-43), Horace (-65), and Giacomo Casanova (1725). After him are Giorgio Vasari (1511), Cato the Elder (-243), Plautus (-254), Carlo Collodi (1826), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), and Catullus (-84).