Erich Segal

Erich Segal

Infobox Person
name = Erich Wolf Segal

image_size =
caption =
birth_name =
birth_date = Birth date and age|1937|06|16|mf=y
birth_place = Brooklyn, New York
death_date =
death_place =
death_cause =
resting_place =
resting_place_coordinates =
residence =
nationality = American flagicon|US
other_names =
known_for =
education =
alma_mater = Harvard University
employer = Wolfson College, Oxford
occupation = Author, Screenwriter, and Educator
home_town =
title =
salary =
networth =
height =
weight =
term =
predecessor =
successor =
party =
boards =
religion =
spouse =
partner =
children =
parents =
relatives =

website =
footnotes =

Erich Wolf Segal (born June 16, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American author, screenwriter, and educator.

Early life

The son of a rabbi, Segal attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn and traveled to Switzerland to take summer courses. He attended Harvard College, graduating as both the class poet and Latin salutatorian in 1958, after which he obtained his master's degree (in 1959) and a doctorate (in 1965) in comparative literature from Harvard University. [ [ "Erich W. Segal", from "The Harvard Crimson", June 1, 2008] ]

Teaching career

Segal was a professor of Greek and Latin literature at Harvard University, Yale University and Princeton University. He now is teaching at Wolfson College, Oxford.

Writing career

"Yellow Submarine"

In 1967, from the story by Lee Minoff, he wrote the screenplay for The Beatles' 1968 motion picture, "Yellow Submarine".

"Love Story"

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 Wallace at the William Morris Agency suggested he turn the script into a novel and the result was a literary and motion picture phenomenon 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 office attraction of 1971.

Erich Segal went on to write more novels and screenplays, including the 1977 sequel to "Love Story", called "Oliver's Story".

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 France and 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.


*"Yellow Submarine" (1968)
*"The Games" (1970)
*"R.P.M." (1970)
*"Love Story" (1970)
*"Jennifer on My Mind" (1971)
*"Oliver's Story" (1978)
*"A Change of Seasons" (1980)
*"Man, Woman and Child" (1983)


*"The Comedy of Plautus" (1968)
*"Love Story" (1970)
*"Fairy Tales" (1973)
*"Oliver's Story" (1977)
*"Man, Woman and Child" (1980)
* cite book
last =Millar
first =Fergus
authorlink =Fergus Millar
coauthors =Erich Segal
title =Caesar Augustus: Seven Aspects
publisher =Clarendon Press
pages=221 pages
date =1984
id =ISBN 0198148585

*"The Class" (1985)
*"Doctors" (1988)
*"Acts of Faith" (1992)
*"Prizes" (1995)
*"Only Love" (1998)
*"The Death of Comedy" (2001)
*"Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy" (2001)
*"Oxford Readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence" (2002)


External links

*imdb name|id=0781777|name=Erich Segal

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Erich Segal — Erich Wolf Segal (* 16. Juni 1937 in Brooklyn, New York City; † 17. Januar 2010 in London) war ein US amerikanischer Literaturwissenschaftler, Bestseller und Drehbuchautor. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Veröffentlichungen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Erich Segal — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Erich Wolf Segal, (nacido el 16 de junio de 1937 en Brooklyn, New York) es un escritor de Estados Unidos. Filmografía Yellow Submarine (1968) The Games (1970) R.P.M. (1970) Love Story, la película (1970) Jennifer on… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Erich Segal — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Erich et Segal. Erich Segal est un écrivain, scénariste et acteur américain, né le 16 juin 1937 à Brooklyn, New York et mort le 17 janvier 2010 à Londres[1 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • The Class (Erich Segal novel) — infobox Book | name = The Class title orig = translator = image caption = The Class mass market paperback edition, 1986 author = Erich Segal illustrator = cover artist = country = United States language = English series = genre = Novel publisher …   Wikipedia

  • Segal — (and its variants) can refer to the following:Peopleegal*Alan F. Segal, American Professor of Jewish Studies *Brandon Segal, ice hockey player *Dan Segal, a British mathematician *Daniel Scott Segal, also known as Dancing Eagle, drummer for The… …   Wikipedia

  • Segal — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Abe Segal (* 1930), südafrikanischer Tennisspieler Arthur Segal (1875–1944), rumänisch deutscher Maler Brandon Segal (* 1983), kanadischer Eishockeyspieler Charles Segal (1936–2002), US amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Segal — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Segal ou Ségal est un nom de famille notamment porté par : Alex Segal (né en 1915), un réalisateur et producteur américain ; Brandon Segal (né… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Erich — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Prénom comme Éric en Allemand Erich Abraham Erich Auerbach Erich Bärenfänger Erich Bautz Erich Beer Erich Carl Walter Erich Dethleffsen Erich Eliskases …   Wikipédia en Français

  • SEGAL, ERICH — (1937– ), U.S. novelist. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of a rabbi, Erich Wolf Segal attended Harvard University, graduating as both the class poet and Latin salutatorian. He also obtained his master s and doctorate from Harvard. While a… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Segal —   [ siːgəl],    1) Erich Wolf, amerikanischer Schriftsteller, * New York 16. 6. 1937; seit 1968 Professor für klassische Literatur an der Yale University; hatte großen Erfolg mit dem Roman »Love story« (1970; deutsch; verfilmt), den er mit… …   Universal-Lexikon

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”