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Umberto Eco was born in Alessandria, Italy on January 5, 1932. He received a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Turin in 1954. His first book, Il Problema Estetico in San Tommaso, was an extension of his doctoral thesis on St. Thomas Aquinas and was published in 1956. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was published in 1980 and won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981. In 1986, it was adapted into a movie starring Sean Connery. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, Baudolino, The Prague Cemetery, and Numero Zero. He also wrote children's books and more than 20 nonfiction books including Serendipities: Language and Lunacy. He taught philosophy and then semiotics at the University of Bologna. He also wrote weekly columns on popular culture and politics for L'Espresso. He died from cancer on February 19, 2016 at the age of 84. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Name of the Rose 18,001 copies, 283 reviews
Foucault's Pendulum 16,402 copies, 238 reviews
Baudolino 7,292 copies, 99 reviews
The Island of the Day Before 6,614 copies, 61 reviews
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana 4,924 copies, 91 reviews
The Prague Cemetery 4,058 copies, 155 reviews
Travels in Hyperreality 2,048 copies, 11 reviews
History of Beauty 1,739 copies, 9 reviews
On Literature 1,325 copies, 13 reviews
Misreadings 1,217 copies, 8 reviews
Serendipities: Language and Lunacy 1,175 copies, 14 reviews
How to Write a Thesis (The MIT Press) 1,098 copies, 16 reviews
Numero Zero 1,043 copies, 71 reviews
On Ugliness 1,023 copies, 13 reviews
Six Walks in the Fictional Woods 805 copies, 10 reviews
Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages 782 copies, 5 reviews
Postscript to The Name of the Rose (Author) 752 copies, 9 reviews
Five Moral Pieces 621 copies, 7 reviews
This is Not the End of the Book 548 copies, 12 reviews
The Book of Legendary Lands 541 copies, 11 reviews
Belief or Nonbelief? 529 copies, 14 reviews
A Theory of Semiotics 508 copies, 3 reviews
Apocalypse Postponed 456 copies, 2 reviews
The Open Work 454 copies, 4 reviews
Experiences in Translation 355 copies, 6 reviews
The Limits of Interpretation 350 copies, 3 reviews
Inventing the Enemy: Essays 312 copies, 8 reviews
Confessions of a Young Novelist 273 copies, 10 reviews
Die Bibliothek 178 copies, 5 reviews
Chronicles of a Liquid Society 167 copies, 2 reviews
Il fascismo eterno 127 copies, 3 reviews
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1990 1 copy
1989 1 copy
2001 1 copy
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Pinocchio (Introduction, some editions) 6,963 copies, 121 reviews
Exercises in Style (Translator, some editions) 2,333 copies, 49 reviews
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America (Contributor, some editions) 1,026 copies, 11 reviews
Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture (Introduction, some editions) 1,020 copies, 10 reviews
The Plot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Introduction, some editions) 650 copies, 25 reviews
Libraries (Introduction) 413 copies, 6 reviews
The Notebook (Preface, some editions) 226 copies, 6 reviews
Bad Trips (Contributor) 222 copies, 6 reviews
The Name of the Rose [1986 film] (Original book) 194 copies, 6 reviews
Sylvie (Translator, some editions) 191 copies, 3 reviews
Corto Maltese Vol. 06: The Ethiopian (Foreword, some editions) 191 copies, 1 review
The Future of the Book (Afterword) 173 copies, 1 review
Constantinople (Afterword) 104 copies, 1 review
Bread of Dreams: Food and Fantasy in Early Modern Europe (Introduction, some editions) 98 copies, 3 reviews
Il mio Dante (Foreword) 51 copies
Vendere l'anima. Il mestiere del libraio (Foreword, some editions) 16 copies, 1 review
Charles M. Schulz: 40 Years Life and Art (Introduction, some editions) 11 copies
Paras elokuvakirja (Contributor) 5 copies
The Notebook (Volume 2) (Preface) 2 copies

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