American author, screenwriter, educator and classicist. The son of a rabbi, Segal attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn and traveled to Switzerland acts of faith erich segal pdf download take summer courses.
Segal was a professor of Greek and Latin literature at Harvard University, Yale University, and Princeton University. He had been a Supernumerary Fellow and subsequently an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College at Oxford University.
His first academic book, Roman Laughter: The Comedy of Plautus, revolutionized the great Roman comic playwright best known today as the inspiration for the Broadway hit, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. In 2001 Harvard published his The Death of Comedy, the all-encompassing literary history.
In 1967, from the story by Lee Minoff, he was one of the writers of the screenplay for 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 student 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 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 1970. Segal went on to write more novels and screenplays, including the 1977 sequel to Love Story, called Oliver’s Story.