Erich Segal

Erich Wolf Segal ( born June 16, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York City; † 17 January 2010 ) was an American literary scholar, best-selling and screenwriter.


Erich Segal was born the son of a rabbi. In 1955 he began studying classical philology at Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1965 with a thesis on ancient classic comedies. After that, he was a guest lecturer and assistant professor, among others at Yale University and at the universities of Munich, Princeton, Tel Aviv and Dartmouth. During this time he published literary works. In 1970 he made ​​his breakthrough as a novelist with Love Story. From 1968, he wrote screenplays for several successful movies, among other things, Yellow Submarine and the Love Story movie. At the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 and in Montreal in 1976, he commented, the former marathon runner, long distance competitions of athletes.

His Troy Musical Sing Muse! was performed in 39 performances on an off- Broadway stage.

He died at the age of 72 of a heart attack after he had suffered from Parkinson's disease for a long time.


  • Love Story, OT: Love Story (1970 ), Translator Isabella Nadolny, Hoffmann & Campe in 1971
  • Oliver's Story, OT: Oliver 's Story (1977 ), Translator Allmuth E. Erbert, Hoffmann & Campe in 1978
  • Man, woman and child, OT: Man Woman and Child (1970 ), Translator Isabella Nadolny, Piper Verlag 1980
  • And ... they wanted to change the world, OT: Class (1985 ), Translator Christian Grote, 1986 Del Rey
  • The doctors, OT: Doctors (1988 ), Translator Gisela Stege, Scherz Verlag 1990 as the love life published
  • Also published as a price of living
  • Roman laughter, 1968
  • Greek tragedy, 1983
  • Oxford readings in Aristophanes, 1996
  • The death of comedy, 2001
  • Oxford readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence, 2002