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How to Write a Thesis

(2015)
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By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy's most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis - from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its 23rd edition in Italy and translated into 17 languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English.

Eco's approach is anything but dry and academic. He not only offers practical advice, but also considers larger questions about the value of the thesis-writing exercise. How to Write a Thesis is unlike any other writing manual. It sounds like a novel. It is opinionated. It is frequently irreverent, sometimes polemical, and often hilarious. Eco advises students how to avoid "thesis neurosis", and he answers the important question "Must You Read Books?" He reminds students "You are not Proust" and "Write everything that comes into your head, but only in the first draft". Of course, there was no Internet in 1977, but Eco's index card research system offers important lessons about critical thinking and information curating for students of today who may be burdened by Big Data.

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Paperback Editions

March 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Write a Thesis (MIT Press)
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0-262-52713-8 / 978-0-262-52713-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: The MIT Press
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Audio Editions

February 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: How to Write a Thesis
Author(s): Umberto Eco
ISBN: 1-4690-0362-7 / 978-1-4690-0362-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Your Coach In A Box
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April 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: How to Write a Thesis
Author(s): Umberto Eco
Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
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April 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: How to Write a Thesis
Author(s): Umberto Eco
Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
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Kindle Editions

February 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: How to Write a Thesis (MIT Press)
Author(s): Umberto Eco, Caterina Mongiat Farina, Geoff Farina, Francesco Erspamer
Publisher: The MIT Press
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