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Erich Segal

Erich Segal, author, educator. Co-recipient (with Mother Theresa and Sir Peter Ustinov) Premio San Valentin di Terni award, 1989; Guggenheim fellow, 1968; recipient Presidential Commendation for service to Peace Corps, 1971, Humboldt Stiftung award West Germany, 1973, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), 1998.


  • Segal, Erich was born on June 16, 1937 in Brooklyn. Son of Samuel Michael and Cynthia (Shapiro) Segal.

  • Education

    • AB, Harvard University, 1958; A.M., Harvard University, 1959; Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1965.


    • Teaching fellow humanities Harvard University, 1959-1963. Visiting lecturer Yale University, 1964-1965, assistant professor, 1965-1968, associate professor classics and comparative literature, 1968-1973. Visiting professor classical philology University Munich, Germany, 1973.

      Visiting professor classics Princeton University, 1974-1975, Tel Aviv University, spring 1976. Visiting professor comparative literature Dartmouth College, fall 1976-1980. Visiting fellow Wolfson College, Oxford University, 1978, 79, 80.

      Adjunct professor classics Yale University, 1981-1988. Honorary research fellow University College, London, 1983—2010. Supernumerary fellow Wolfson College, Oxford University, 1986—2010.

      Honorary fellow Wolfson College, London, 1999—2010. Member executive committee National Advisory Council, Peace Corps, 1970. Jury member Cannes Film Festival, 1971, National Book Award (Arts and Letters), 1971.

      Lecturer American Comparative Literature Association, 1971, American Philosophical Association, 1971, 72, German Classical Association, 1974, Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, 1974, Ist. Nazionale del Dramma Antico, Sicily, 1975, British Classical Association, 1977. William Kelley Prentice Memorial lecturer Princeton University, 1981, Inaugural Andrea Rosenthal Memorial lecturer Brown University, 1992.


    • The Death of Comedy
    • In a grand tour of comic theater over the centuries, Erich Segal traces the evolution of the classical form from its early origins in a misogynistic quip by the sixth-century B.
    • Man, Woman and Child
    • Bob and Sheila Beckwith had everything: rewarding careers, two wonderful daughters, and a perfect marriage .
    • Man, Woman and Child
    • Bob and Sheila Beckwith had everything: rewarding careers, two wonderful daughters, and a perfect marriage .
    • Only Love
    • An unforgettable new novel by the bestselling author of Love Story.


    Member American Society of Composers, Academy Literature Studies, American Philological Association, American Comparative Literature Association, Writers Guild of America-West, Authors League, Society Roman Studies (United Kingdom), Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Harvard Club (London), Athenaeum (London).



    Walking, swimming.


    • Married Karen James, June 10, 1975. 2 daughter, 1 son (deceased).
    • mother: Cynthia (Shapiro) Segal
    • spouse: Karen James
    • father: Samuel Michael Segal
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    Born June 16, 1937
    Died January 18, 2010
    (aged 72)
    • 1958
      Harvard University
    • 1959
      Harvard University
    • 1965
      Harvard University
    • 1959 - 1963
      Teaching fellow, humanities Harvard University
    • 1973
      visiting professor, classical philology University Munich
    • 1974 - 1975
      visiting professor, classics Princeton University
    • 1978
      visiting fellow, Wolfson College
    • 1981 - 1988
      adjunct professor, classics Yale University
    • 1983 - 2010
      honorary research fellow, University College
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
    • 1986 - 2010
      supernumerary fellow, Wolfson College
    • 1999 - 2010
      honorary fellow, Wolfson College
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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