Umberto Eco Has Died

By Maryann Yin 

Umberto Eco (GalleyCat)Umberto Eco has died. According to The New York Times, the Italian writer was 84 years old.

BBC News reports that Eco produced a wide variety of work throughout his career including novels, children’s books, and literary criticism. He gained great renown as a fiction writer for his 1980 mystery novel, The Name of The Rose.

Here’s more from The Guardian: “The author, who had been suffering from cancer, passed away at 9.30pm (8.30pm GMT) on Friday, La Repubblica said on its website. He was the 1992-3 Norton professor at Harvard and taught semiotics at Bologna University and once suggested that writing novels was a mere part-time occupation, saying: ‘I am a philosopher; I write novels only on the weekends.'” (Photo Credit: Augusto Casasoli)