Erich Segal (Estate)
Erich Segal (1937-2010) was born in New York. He completed a BA in Classics at Harvard College in 1958 and then went on to do a Masters and PhD in Comparative Literature. He taught at Harvard between 1959 and 1964, and then at Yale until 1974. He received a number of awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1968, the Humboldt-Stiftung (West Germany) in 1973, and the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998. He was a member of the executive committee of the National Advisory Council, Peace Corps, and was awarded a Presidential Commendation for this service. He was also a co-recipient with Mother Teresa and Sir Peter Ustinov of the first Premio San Valentin di Terni for “furthering the cause of peace, love and understanding throughout the world” in 1989. Among his many written achievements are a number of critical essays, books and screenplays, including the Grammy nominated film The Beatles: Yellow Submarine (1968, re-released 1999), and the Golden Globe award winning film Love Story (1970). Television credits include Only Love (1998). He is also the author of a number of novels, including two best selling titles: Love Story (1970), and Doctors (1988).