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Following the global success of Love Story, Erich Segal went on to write seven other romantic best sellers, and a charming and humorous children’s book.

Love Story (1970)

Love Story in Erich Segal’s own words

“Actually, I have always felt this to be a book about a young couple, but even more about a father and son. When I wrote it America was in the midst of a total generation war (Vietnam, Woodstock, Haight Ashbury etc.). The relationship between Jenny and Phil contrasted sharply with that of Oliver and his father, and I think that the universal appeal may have lain in the reconciliation of the generations at the end of the book.”

Quotes from Love Story

  • "And then I did what I had never done in his presence, much less in his arms. I cried."

  • "He had then warned his daughter not to violate the Eleventh Commandment." 'Which one is that?' I asked her. "Do not bullshit thy father," she said."

  • “Her handwriting was curious — small sharp little letters with no capitals (who did she think she was, e. e. cummings?).”

  • What the hell makes you so smart?" I asked. "I wouldn't go for coffee with you, " she answered. "Listen -- I wouldn't ask you." "That, "she replied "is what makes you stupid.

  • "What can you say about a twenty-five year old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. The Beatles. And me."

  • "Love means never having to say you're sorry"

"And then I did what I had never done in his presence, much less in his arms. I cried."

"He had then warned his daughter not to violate the Eleventh Commandment." 'Which one is that?' I asked her. "Do not bullshit thy father," she said."

“Her handwriting was curious — small sharp little letters with no capitals (who did she think she was, e. e. cummings?).”

What the hell makes you so smart?" I asked. "I wouldn't go for coffee with you, " she answered. "Listen -- I wouldn't ask you." "That, "she replied "is what makes you stupid.

"What can you say about a twenty-five year old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. The Beatles. And me."

"Love means never having to say you're sorry"

Reviews of Love Story

'Funny, touching, and infused with wonder, as all love stories should be.'

San Francisco Examiner

'For someone who is in love, or was in love, or hopes to be in love.'

St Louis Post-Dispatch

'Beautifully written … profoundly moving.'

Sunday Express

'‘We loved it and we think you’ll love it too.’'

Sun

'It’s incredible … A poignant novel of nostalgia and romance.'

The Washington Post

'We loved it and we think you’ll love it too.’ Sun ‘Simplicity … Charm … Compassion and a delicate sense of comedy. It illustrates a particular point: “Love means not ever having to say you’re sorry.” That is well said.'

Books and Bookman

'A lump forms in your throat and starts growing until it feels like a football coming up sideways. You either fight it or let it out.'

New York Times

'Very simple, immensely appealing … memorable characterisations that haunt you long after you’ve finished reading.'

Publishers Weekly