Love Story by Erich Segal

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Love Story

Erich Segal


Hodder Paperbacks Ltd., London

Copyright 1970 by Erich Segal

First printed in Great Britain 1970

Hodder Paperback edition 1971

Seventeenth impression 1971

Eighteenth impression 1971

Nineteenth impression 1971

Twentieth impression 1972

Twenty First impression 1972

Reproduced from the U.S. edition by arrangement

With Harper Row, New York, Portions of this

Book first appeared in The Ladies Home Journal.

All rights reserved.

The characters and situations in this book are

Entirely imaginary and bear no relation to any real

person or actual happening

This book is sol subject to the condition that

it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be

lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated

without the publisher's prior consent in any

form of binding or cover other than that in

which this is published and without a similar

condition including this condition being

imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

Printed and bound in Great Britain for

Coronet Books,

Hodder Paperbacks Ltd,

St Paul's House, Warwick Lane,

London EC4P 4AH

By Hazell Watson & Viney Ltd,

Aylesbury, Bucks

ISBN 0 340 12508 X

For Sylvia Herscher and John Flaxman

. . . namque . . . solebatis

meas esse aliquid putare nuqas


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. And the Beatles. And me.

Once, when she specifically lumped me with those musical types, I asked her what the order was,

and she replied, smiling, 'Alphabetical.' At the time I smiled too. But now I sit and wonder whether

she was listing me by my first name - in which case I would trail Mozart - or by my last name, in

which case I would edge in there between Bach and the Beatles. Either way I don't come first, which

for some stupid reason bothers hell out of me, having grown up with the notion that I always had to

be number one. Family heritage, don't you know?

In the fall of my senior year, I got into the habit of studying at the Radcliffe library. Not just to eye

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