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"Love means never having to say you're sorry." Erich Segal

Author Erich Segal died last week (January 17) at the age of 72. He was teaching Greek and Roman literature at Yale University, when his collaboration with the Beatles in 1968 on their movie Yellow Submarine and the production of a screenplay he wrote about the doomed romance of a Radcliffe scholarship girl and a Harvard old-money boy entitled Love Story brought Segal fame. Released in 1970, "Love Story" was a huge box-office hit. "Love Story", when released in paperback, had the largest print order in publishing history at the time, with 4,325,000 copies. Reaction to the book was strong and surprisingly controversial. Nominated for a National Book Award, judges for the National Book Award threatened to resign unless "Love Story" was withdrawn from nomination. Segal was a publishing success, but received little respect from 'serious' authors. He traveled worldwide promoting his book and its' success, but it cost him tenure at Yale. After being denied tenure at Yale, Mr. Segal settled in England, where he became a fellow at Oxford University's Wolfson College.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Karen James, and two daughters.