Umberto Eco, famed author of 'The Name of the Rose,' dead at 84


'Numero Zero' Reprises Umberto Eco's Fascination With 'Losers'. February 20, 20168:22 AM ET. Audio for this story from Weekend Edition Saturday will be available at approximately 12:00 p.m. ET. Italian author Umberto Eco died yesterday at the age of 84.

Eco was the recipient of the Premio Strega, Italy's most prestigious literary award, was named a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French government, and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, according to his publisher.

NEW YORK: Harper Lee, one of America's most celebrated novelists whose masterpiece about racial injustice “To Kill a Mockingbird” was read by millions, has died, her publisher said on Friday. She was 89. A spokeswoman for Harper Collins in New York 

Umberto Eco, the Italian philosopher, writer and semiotics professor, is dead at 84, reports the BBC. Eco is most famous as the author of elaborate historical novels such as The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum, but my favorite is his book of

'Numero Zero' Reprises Umberto Eco's Fascination With 'Losers'. February 20, 20168:22 AM ET. Audio for this story from Weekend Edition Saturday will be available at approximately 12:00 p.m. ET. Italian author Umberto Eco died yesterday at the age of 84.