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Monday, February 22, 2016
RIP Umberto Eco - Best-selling Author and #Philosopher - Pray for his Soul...
The famous philosopher and best-selling author, has died Umberto Eco. He was an internationally-renowned Italian philosopher and became an author of best-selling novels. He was aged 84, according to AFP/Yahoo7. He is well-known for his 1980 historical mystery novel The Name of the Rose, which has been translated into more than 40 languages.
Eco died late Friday Feb. 19, 2016, after a long battle with cancer.
The Name of the Rose was adapted for the big screen by Jean-Jacques Annaud in 1986, starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater, and has sold millions of copies.
Eco, continued to write Foucault's Pendulum (1988), about the lost treasure of a sect called the Knights Templar, The Island of the Day Before (1994), Baudolino (2000) and The Prague Cemetery (2010), a novel about the rise of modern anti-Semitism.
Eco was born in 1932 at Alessandria in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. His family name was an acronym of the Latin ex caelis oblatus, "a gift from the heavens", which was given to his grandfather.
The young Umberto had a Roman Catholic upbringing. He entered the University of Turin to study medieval philosophy and literature.
His thesis, for which he was awarded a degree in 1954, was on the topic of Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican.In September 1962 he married Renate Ramge, a German art teacher with whom he had a son and a daughter.
In 1956 he published his first work, The Aesthetics of Thomas Aquinas an extension of his doctoral thesis. Please pray for his soul.