Umberto Eco, an Italian scholar and award-winning author best known for “The Name of the Rose,” died Friday at the age of 84. His legacy is defined by a body of work beloved by readers and, at times, confusing to critics. His novels touched upon his studies as a semiotician; exploring the words, religious icons, clothing, musical scores and cartoons of various cultures. “I think of myself as a serious professor who, during the weekend, writes novels,” he told the New York Times. Click through to read more about the life of the literary giant.