Love Story (Paperback)
Harper Perennial, 9780060748098, 144pp.
Publication Date: January 18, 2005
“Funny, touching and infused with wonder, as all love stories should be.”—San Francisco Examiner
The basis for the 1970 film starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw, Erich Segal's Love Story is an enduring classic that has captured hearts for almost 50 years.
It is the story of Oliver Barrett IV, a rich jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law, and Jenny Cavilleri, a wisecracking working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe.
Oliver and Jenny - kindred spirits from different worlds - meet, talk, question, answer and fall for each other so deeply that no one, themselves included, can understand it. So instead of trying to understand it, they accept it and live it as best they can.
This is their story - a story of two young people and a love so uncompromising it will bring joy to your heat and tears to your eyes. It is the story that told the world, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
About the Author
Erich Segal's first three novels, Love Story, Oliver's Story, and Man, Woman and Child, were all international bestsellers and became major motion pictures. His fourth novel, The Class, was a New York Times bestseller and won literary prizes in both France and Italy. Segal is also the author of Doctors and Acts of Faith and Prizes.
Praise For Love Story…
— Christian Science Monitor
“For someone who is in love, or was in love, or hopes to be in love.”
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Funny, touching and infused with wonder, as all love stories should be.”
— San Francisco Examiner
“It’s incredible...A poignant of novel of nostalgia and romance.”
— The Washington Post
“This is a tender and revealing and moving book with open language and the irreverence, the humor, the commitment.”
— Cleveland Flain Dealer
“It is entertaining, fast paced, witty...but in the end, touching and sincere.”
— St. Louis Globe Democrat
“If your emotions still are available to vibrate, here is a story that will shake you up...It is full of humor that sometimes tickles and sometimes stings.”
— Associated Press
“The most poignant romance that Journal editors have read in a year’s time.”
— Ladies’ Home Journal
“A very simple, immensely appealing love story...”
— Publishers Weekly
“Love Story is wonderfully old fashioned.”
— Literary Guild Newsletter