Umberto Eco was an Italian novelist, literary critic, essayist, philosopher and semiotician. He is popular for his unique writing style that combined semiotics in fiction, medieval studies, biblical analysis and literary theory. He is the author of many best-sellers and his works have cold millions of copies worldwide.
Umberto Eco was born on January 5, 1932 in the northern Italian city of Alessandria. His father, Giulio, was an accountant until drafted by the Italian government to fight in three wars. During World war II, Umberto, along with his mother Giovanna (Bisio) moved to a small Piedmontese mountainside village.