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Erich Segal, 'Love Story' author

Matt Schudel

Erich Segal, who made millions of readers and moviegoers weep with his extremely popular novel "Love Story" -- and the subsequent movie, starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal -- has died at the age of 72. The most famous line in the book became a catch phrase of the early 1970s: "Love means never having to say you're sorry."

Segal, who was a professor of classics at Yale when he wrote "Love Story," had lived in London for the past 20 years. He wrote half a dozen other bestselling novels, wrote many books of serious scholarship on ancient Greek and Latin writers (he had a PhD from Harvard), and was also an authority on distance running. We'll have a full obituary later; here's the Reuters version.

By Matt Schudel  |  January 19, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
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I didn't like the book very much but I was always amazed that such a little book caused such a huge uproar. Brilliant man, though.

Posted by: mortified469 | January 19, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear of his passing, and also of Robert Parker.

Posted by: gbooksdc | January 19, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Erich was a classmate when we were students at Midwood High School in Brooklyn. I remember him as a kind, caring, friendly boy, and universally well-liked. I was happy to have been asked to be his "campaign manager" when he ran for, and was elected "Mayor of Midwood" and also our senior class president.

Although opinions certainly diverged regarding his subsequent literary activities, our yearbook voted him "Most Likely to Succeed", and he certainly did.

Sadly, his ill health prevented him from attending our 50th reunion in 2004, and he was greatly missed. He was, and will be remembered by those of us who knew him, as "a person of quality".

Posted by: Jacqsart | January 20, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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