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									Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
Few cultural critics and novelists carry the scholarly heft of Umberto Eco, who was a noted historian and semiotician before he brought these sensibilites to bear on major novels such as The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. Whether he is deconstructing modern wax museums or spinning a 13th-century tale, he is always clever, stately and profound.

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Umberto Eco
Current Home:
Bologna, Italy
Date of Birth:
January 5, 1932
Place of Birth:
Alessandria, Italy
Ph.D., University of Turin, 1954

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								Turning Back the Clock: Hot Wars and Media Populism, Author: 
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Turning Back the Clock: Hot Wars and Media Populism
by Umberto Eco, Alastair McEwen (Translator)
The time: 2000 to 2005, the years of neoconservatism, terrorism, the twenty-four-hour news cycle, the ascension of Bush, Blair, and Berlusconi, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Umberto Eco’s response is a provocative, passionate, and witty series of essays - which originally appeared in the Italian newspapers La Repubblica and L’Espresso - that leaves no slogan unexamined, no innovation unexposed. The famous author and respected scholar shows his practical, engaged side: an intellectual involved in events both local and global, a man concerned about taste, politics, education, ethics, and where our troubled world is headed.
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								Name of the Rose, Author: 
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*  A Theory of Semiotics (1976)
*  The Name of the Rose (1980)
*  Travels in Hyperreality: Essays (1983)
*  Foucault's Pendulum (1988)
*  How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays (1992)
*  The Island of the Day Before (1994)
*  Serendipities: Language and Lunacy (1998)
*  Baudolino (2002)
*  On Literature (2004)
*  History of Beauty (2004)
*  The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana (2005)
*  On Ugliness (2007)
*  Turning Back the Clock: Hot Wars and Media Populism (2007)

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A Beautiful Mind

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								History of Beauty, Author: 
								Umberto Eco (Editor), Alastair McEwen (Translator).

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History of Beauty
by Umberto Eco (Editor), Alastair McEwen (Translator)
Having probed the roots and tendrils of aesthetics for four decades, the Italian novelist and philosopher understands its complexities. In History of Beauty, he offers reponses to seemingly eternal questions: What is beauty? What is art? What is taste and fashion? Why do habitually associate ethics with aesthetics? A fascinating inquiry into a perennial topic.

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Eco on Language

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								Foucault's Pendulum, Author: 
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Foucault's Pendulum
by Umberto Eco, William Weaver (Translator)
This whirlwind "adventure of ideas," as its author called it, zings between medieval cults and modern technology; along the way, it touches wittily on theories of meaning, interpretation and communication, making it a fine all-around introduction to Eco.

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								Serendipities: Language and Lunacy, Author: 
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Serendipities: Language and Lunacy
by Umberto Eco, William Weaver (Translator)
An eminent thinker on semiotics and linguistics, Eco has written several titles in that vein. His most recent, Serendipities, shows his characteristically whimsical approach to the most erudite of topics -- he delivers a tour of world history's "mistakes," and how they affected the development of perception. Of course, no student of semiotics can miss Eco's seminal book of theory.

*A Theory of Semiotics  by Umberto Eco
*Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition  by Umberto Eco, Alastair McEwen (Translator)