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Not created by Erich Segal

Not created by Erich Segal

The literary world lost two excellent writers this week: Erich Segal and Robert Parker. Segal was best known for writing Love Story, which jerked tears in movie theatres everywhere once it was adapted for the screen — indeed, the process really happened in reverse, as the novel was an adaptation of a screenplay Segal had written but had gotten stuck in turnaround. (Rumors that Segal worked for Mattel, invented the He-Man characters and wrote a television show around them, only to have it turned down and then made a giant success once he converted the story into action figures to be greedily sought after by children of the ’80s have been greatly exaggerated. He did, however, have a writing credit on Yellow Submarine, which is almost as cool as inventing He-Man.)

Parker, on the other hand, wrote hardboiled detective fiction, most notably about the P.I. Spenser, who appeared in upwards of thirty novels. In 2007, he won the Gumshoe Award for for Lifetime Achievement, an honor he shares with such sherlock authors as Donald Westlake and Ed McBain.

We have multiple biographies on each of these authors — check them out to get more in depth information about their lives.

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Posted on: January 21, 2010, 2:02 pm Category: Factoids Tagged with: , ,

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