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On Literature (2003) is a book by Umberto Eco.

From the publisher:

Italian literary theorist and novelist Umberto Eco includes nine essays in this title concerning: the general significance of literature; major authors of the Western canon; the poetic qualities of Dante's "Paradiso"; the style of the "Communist Manifesto"; Joyce's views on language; and more

Excerpt:

"the fundamental problem of all philosophies of language, namely, whether metaphor is a departure from underlying literalness or the birthplace of every degree zero of writing."

Wilde. Paradox and Aphorism

Wilde. Paradox and Aphorism” is an essay by Umberto Eco on Oscar Wilde, aphorisms and paradoxes, collected in On Literature.



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