Umberto Eco OMRI was an Italian novelist, literary critic, philosopher, semiotician, and university professor. He is widely known for his 1980 novel Il nome della rosa, a historical mystery combining semiotics in fiction with biblical analysis, medieval studies, and literary theory.
✦ He is a serious rare book collector.
✦ He loved to play the trumpet.
✦ His novels have been translated into more than thirty languages.