- Erich Segal
name = Erich Wolf Segal
birth_date = Birth date and age|1937|06|16|mf=y
Brooklyn, New York
nationality = American flagicon|US
Wolfson College, Oxford
Author, Screenwriter, and Educator
Erich Wolf Segal (born
June 16, 1937in Brooklyn, New York) is an American author, screenwriter, and educator.
The son of a
rabbi, Segal attended Midwood High Schoolin Brooklyn and traveled to Switzerlandto take summer courses. He attended Harvard College, graduating as both the class poet and Latin salutatorianin 1958, after which he obtained his master's degree(in 1959) and a doctorate(in 1965) in comparative literature from Harvard University. [ [http://www.newyorktimesbestsellerlist.org/archives/29 "Erich W. Segal", from "The Harvard Crimson", June 1, 2008] ]
Segal was a professor of Greek and Latin literature at Harvard University,
Yale Universityand Princeton University. He now is teaching at Wolfson College, Oxford.
In 1967, from the story by
Lee Minoff, he wrote the screenplayfor The Beatles' 1968 motion picture, "Yellow Submarine".
In the late 1960s, Segal collaborated on other screenplays, and also had written a "synthetic" romantic story by himself about a Harvard and a Radcliffe student, but failed to sell it. However,
literary agent Lois Wallaceat the William Morris Agencysuggested he turn the script into a noveland the result was a literary and motion picturephenomenon called "Love Story". A " New York Times" No. 1 bestseller, the book became the top selling work of fiction for all of 1970 in the United States, and was translated into 33 languages worldwide. The motion picture of the same name was the number one box officeattraction of 1971.
Erich Segal went on to write more novels and screenplays, including the 1977 sequel to "Love Story", called "
Writing & teaching after "Love Story"
He has published a number of scholarly works as well as teaching at the university level. He has acted as a visiting professor for the
University of Munich, Princeton University, and Dartmouth College. He has written widely on Greek and Latin literature. His novel "The Class" (1985), a saga based on the Harvard Class of 1958, was also a bestseller, and won literary honour in Franceand Italy.Fact|date=February 2007 "Doctors" was another "New York Times" bestseller from Segal.
Segal has been married to Karen Marianne James since 1975; they have two daughters.
The Comedy of Plautus" (1968)
*"Love Story" (1970)
*"Fairy Tales" (1973)
Oliver's Story" (1977)
Man, Woman and Child" (1980)
* cite book
authorlink =Fergus Millar
coauthors =Erich Segal
title =Caesar Augustus: Seven Aspects
id =ISBN 0198148585
*"The Class" (1985)
Acts of Faith" (1992)
*"Only Love" (1998)
The Death of Comedy" (2001)
Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy" (2001)
Oxford Readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence" (2002)
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