Italian writer Umberto Eco authored the novels The Island of the Day Before, Foucault's Pendulum, and The Name of the Rose. He also writes children's stories and composes essays on a broad range of topics. He is a professor at the University of Bologna, where he delights in teaching young people the intricacies of semiotics.
Umberto Eco's books are available for purchase at Powells.com.
For a wealth of information on Eco, visit The Modern Word.
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