Italian novelist Umberto Eco passes away aged 84

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The novelist and intellectual Umberto Eco has died aged 84. Eco, who was perhaps best known for his 1980 work The Name of the Rose, was one of the world’s most revered literary names. The author, who had been suffering from cancer, died on Friday night. Eco was the 1992-1993 Norton professor at Harvard and taught semiotics at Bologna University. He once suggested that writing novels was a mere part-time occupation, saying: “I am a philosopher; I write novels only on the weekends.” The Name of the Rose was Eco’s first novel but he had been publishing works for more than 20 years beforehand.