(October 23, 1920 - April 14, 1980)
Gianni Rodari was an Italian writer and journalist, most famous for his books for children. He won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1970 and is considered by many to be Italy's most important twentieth-century children's author. His books have been translated into many languages, though few have been published in English.
Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian author and poet, a friend, student, and correspondent of Petrarch, an important Renaissance humanist and the author of a number of notable works including the “Decameron”, “On Famous Women”, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular.
Umberto Eco is an Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist, best known for his novel “The Name of the Rose” (“Il nome della rosa”, 1980), an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory.