Erich Segal - Author

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Erich Segal was born in Brooklyn in 1937 and graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in 1958, followed by a Masters and a Doctorate. He first made his name as an academic writer in the field of classical literature before moving on to write the book that made him famous - LOVE STORY. This was published in 1970 and went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide. He is married with two daughters and lives in London.

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Doctors

Doctors

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/07/2018

Barney Livingstone and Laura Castellano are childhood neighbours who share an unforgettable friendship. From the crucible of med school's merciless training, through the demanding hours of internship and residency to the triumphs - and sometimes tragedies - of their daily professional lives, we follow Barney and Laura to unsettling celebrity and unsatisfying love . . . until their friendship ripens into passion. But they have yet to learn the ultimate lesson: that their devotion to each other, even their outstanding medical gifts, may not be enough to save the one life they treasure above all others . . .

Acts of Faith

Acts of Faith

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/06/2013

They met as children, innocents from two different worlds. And from that moment their lives were fated to be forever entwined. Timothy: abandoned at birth, he finds a home and a dazzling career within the Catholic church. But the vows he takes cannot protect him from one soul-igniting passion. Daniel: the scholarly son of a great rabbi, he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps. And destined to break his father's heart. Deborah: she was raised to be docile and dutiful - the perfect rabbi's wife - but love will lead her to rebellion. And into worlds the patriarch would never dare imagine. Reaching across more than a quarter of a century, from the tough streets of Brooklyn to ultramodern Brasilia to an Israeli kibbutz, this is an unforgettable story of three extraordinary lives . . . and one forbidden love.

Man, Woman and Child

Man, Woman and Child

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/06/2013

Bob and Sheila Beckwith had everything: rewarding careers, two wonderful daughters, and a perfect marriage . . . almost perfect. For what Sheila didn't know was that Bob had once been unfaithful - only once, ten years ago during a business trip to France. What Bob didn't know was that his brief affair had produced a son. Now a tragic accident - and one fateful phone call - will change Bob and Sheila's life forever . . .

Only Love

Only Love

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/06/2013

1978. A group of idealistic young doctors join a mission of mercy to Africa. Two of them, Matthew and Silvia, fall in love. They have one year together before they are swept apart by bloodshed and violence. Matthew has been in mourning ever since. The present. A pioneer in genetic therapy at the very top of his field, Matthew is appealed to by a rich man whose wife's brain tumour has been declared inoperable by every other surgeon. When she walks through the door he sees that it is Silvia, as beautiful as ever - still his 'only love'. It's as if the years have never passed. He must save her life. And if he does . . . what then?

The Class

The Class

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/06/2013

They were Harvard '58, the class who thought they could change the world. Danny, the musical prodigy, risks all for Harvard, even a break with his domineering father. Yet his real problems are too much fame too soon - and too many women. Ted spends four years as an outsider. He is obsessed with climbing to the top of the academic ladder, whatever the cost. Jason, the golden boy - handsome, charismatic, athletic - learns at Harvard that he cannot ignore his Jewish background. Only in tragedy will he find his true identity. George, a Hungarian refugee, comes to Harvard with the barest knowledge of English. But with ruthless determination he masters not only the language but the power structure of his new country. Andrew is haunted by three centuries of Harvard ancestors who cast giant shadows on his confidence. It is not until their dramatic 25th reunion that the men must confront their classmates, and the value of their lives.

Prizes

Prizes

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/2013

In the arena of life and death, the world's most brilliant doctors and scientists vie desperately - and ruthlessly - for the ultimate prize: the Nobel. Adam Coopersmith is a gifted and compassionate physician. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, he meets Anya, a Russian emigree, and falls in love for the first time - only to have his career nearly destroyed. Sandy Raven is a cutting-edge researcher whose devotion is matched only by his genius. Yet as he makes his greatest discovery, he experiences his most profound betrayal. Will he choose to live a lie or abandon his dream to seek new, more worldly prizes? Isabel da Costa. A child prodigy, she owes all her success to her father, but though she becomes a brilliant physicist, she can't capture her lost childhood. Ultimately she is torn between her father and the young man who holds the key to her happiness, until a shocking revelation explodes her world.

Oliver's Story

Oliver's Story

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/02/2013

Oliver Barrett IV found his true soulmate when he met and fell in love with Jenny Cavilleri. Their love was magical, exhilarating . . . though heartbreakingly brief, it was enough to last a lifetime. Or so Oliver told himself. Two years have passed since Jenny was taken from him, and Oliver truly believes he will never love again. Then one day Marcie - beautiful and mysterious - enters his world . . . and suddenly the future holds a golden new promise. With all the excitement and emotion that made LOVE STORY a worldwide bestseller, here is a stirring romantic novel that sweeps from New York's fashionable East Side to a snowy Christmas in Massachusetts to a shattering moment of truth in exotic Hong Kong - the story of one young man's journey out of sadness and into love.

Love Story

Love Story

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/02/2013

He is Oliver Barrett IV, a rich jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law. She is Jenny Cavilleri, a wisecracking working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe. Opposites in nearly every way. But they fell in love. This is their story.

Love Story

Love Story

Author: Erich Segal Format: eBook Release Date: 22/11/2011

Oliver Barrett IV, a wealthy jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law . . . Jenny Cavilleri, a sharp-tongued, working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe . . .Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny are kindred spirits from vastly different worlds. Falling deeply and powerfully, their attraction to one another defies everything they have ever believedas they share a passion far greater than anything they dreamed possible . . . and explore the wonder of a love that must end too soon.One of the most adored novels of our time, this is the book that defined a generationa story of uncompromising devotion, of life as it really is . . . and love that changes everything.

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 3:: Love Story

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 3:: Love Story

Author: Erich Segal, Rosemary Border Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/11/2007

The most consistent of all series in terms of language control, length, and quality of story. David R. Hill, Director of the Edinburgh Project on Extensive Reading.

The Death of Comedy

The Death of Comedy

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2003

At every turn in Segal's analysis - from Shakespeare to Moliere to Shaw - another facet of the comic art emerges, until finally he argues, the head conquers and the heart dies : Letting the intellect take the lead, Cocteau, Ionesco and Beckett smother comedy as we know it.

Oxford Readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence

Oxford Readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence

Author: Erich Segal Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2002

This book documents the origins of modern comedy by examining the evolution of 'New Comedy', the Greek genre of which the works of Menander are the only surviving example. Earlier authors like Aristophanes wrote in a completely different style: raucous, bawdy, fantastical, and vaudeville. Menander (of whom Plutarch said, 'what other reason would a cultivated man have to go to the theatre?') and his contemporaries presented civilised, urban comedies based on the themes of quiet domestic dramas. The Romans adapted these comedies giving them their own farcical spin. Though they based their comedies on Greek originals, Plautus referred to them as 'barbarian versions'; they were mockeries on Hellenistic themes. Terence, by contrast, is more like Menander, whose plays he followed with some fidelity, but without success. The Romans did not crave realism, they wanted a good laugh and Terence- though he could have done so- refused to pander to their vulgar tastes. Yet he got his revenge. It was Terence who provided the touchstone boy-meets-girl plots which still appear today in various guises on the silver screen. An authoritative Introduction sets the papers, which are by leading experts in their field, in context and explores connections between them thus examining the legacy for modern comedies. All Latin and Greek is translated.

Oxford Readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence

Oxford Readings in Menander, Plautus, and Terence

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2002

This book documents the origins of modern comedy by examining the evolution of 'New Comedy', the Greek genre of which the works of Menander are the only surviving example. Earlier authors like Aristophanes wrote in a completely different style: raucous, bawdy, fantastical, and vaudeville. Menander (of whom Plutarch said, 'what other reason would a cultivated man have to go to the theatre?') and his contemporaries presented civilised, urban comedies based on the themes of quiet domestic dramas. The Romans adapted these comedies giving them their own farcical spin. Though they based their comedies on Greek originals, Plautus referred to them as 'barbarian versions'; they were mockeries on Hellenistic themes. Terence, by contrast, is more like Menander, whose plays he followed with some fidelity, but without success. The Romans did not crave realism, they wanted a good laugh and Terence- though he could have done so- refused to pander to their vulgar tastes. Yet he got his revenge. It was Terence who provided the touchstone boy-meets-girl plots which still appear today in various guises on the silver screen. An authoritative Introduction sets the papers, which are by leading experts in their field, in context and explores connections between them thus examining the legacy for modern comedies. All Latin and Greek is translated.

Oxford Readings in Aristophanes

Oxford Readings in Aristophanes

Author: Erich Segal Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/1996

This anthology should be a 'must' for all serious students of Aristophanes. It brings together for the first time in one volume all the most important contributions to the study of Aristophanes published over the last several decades - providing an ideal resource for anyone studying the plays. Aristophanes is the only surviving author of Greek Attic comedy who has left us more than fragments, and his eleven surviving plays reflect the spirit of Athens in the golden age - and its unique freedom of speech. The book deals not only with the better known comedies like Clouds and Birds, but also the later, more unusual works like The Assemblywomen and Wealth, which represent important stages towards the evolution of modern comedy. Subjects range from the classic question of Aristophanes' relationship to contemporary politics to more modern issues such as feminism, gender, performance context, and the interaction between fifth century comedy and tragedy. Many of the contributions are not otherwise readily available to students and teachers, coming from foreign journals and books, difficult to obtain. All the Greek has been translated for the benefit of students reading the plays in English.

Acts of Faith

Acts of Faith

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/1993

Roman Laughter The Comedy of Plautus

Roman Laughter The Comedy of Plautus

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/1987

Mr. Segal has performed the by no means trifling task of making [Plautus's] achievement credible and understandable. --Times Literary Supplement. It is refreshing to find Plautus examined for what he undeniably was--a theatrical phenomenon. --Classical World. We certainly need in English a book devoted to Plautus alone and here we have it. --Phoenix. Many readers will do as I have done: read Roman Laughter with enjoyment and profit. --Classical Philology. Of all the Greek and Roman playwrights, Erich Segal writes, Titus Maccius Plautus is the least admired and the most imitated. In Roman Laughter, the first book-length study of Plautus, Segal argues that this neglected writer, often denounced by scholars for such crimes as barbarous clownery, merits our serious attention precisely because he was the most successful poet of the ancient world. He analyzes the reasons behind this success, placing the author in his social and historical context and observing that Plautus's wildly comedic flouting of Roman law and custom had a cathartic effect upon a people bound by rule in every aspect of their lives. This expanded edition contains a new preface that reconsiders the work of Plautus in light of recent scholarship and also contains essays on the Amphitryon and the Captivi.

Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy

Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy

Author: Erich Segal Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/1983

Twenty-nine of the finest modern essays on Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in a selection made accessible to both professional scholar and student; all Greek quotations have been translated.

Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy

Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy

Author: Erich Segal Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/1983

Greek tragedy, the fountainhead of all western drama, is widely read by students in a variety of disciplines. Segal here presents twenty-nine of the finest modern essays on the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. All Greek has been translated, but the original footnotes have been retained. Contributors include Anne Burnett, E.R. Dodds, Bernard M.W. Knox, Hugh Lloyd-Jones, Karl Reinhardt, Jacqueline de Romilly, Bruno Snell, Jean-Pierre Vernant and Cedric Whitman.

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