• "Appropriately rich and chaotic"

    Sunday Times
  • "His most personal book so far...this book speaks loudly and persuasively of the redemptive properties of good writing. This book is both a large statement about literary aesthetics and the elliptical spiritual autobiography of a major novelist. Eco writes with characteristic intelligence, clarity, enthusiasm and charm. He seems incapable of writing a dull paragraph, or a wrong-headed one"

    Scotland on Sunday
  • "An exciting, ecstatic work of criticism"

  • "A good deal of intellectual athleticism on display... Eco is a scintillating lecturer, and an elegant journalist... At his most mercurial"

  • "On Literature is a provocative and entertaining collection of sprightly essays on the key texts that have shaped Eco the novelist and critic"

    The Book People