Education: Segal the Scholar

Erich Segal, facile author of Love Story, is currently dashing off two movies and a Broadway musical. The writing that most concerns him, though, is strictly academic. Because he still lacks tenure as a Yale professor of comparative literature and classics, Segal, 33, is toiling to polish the image of his less celebrated alter ego, Segal the Scholar.

Segal's Yale colleagues have mixed envy of his worldly success with insinuations that he is neglecting scholarship, or at least scholarly dignity. Stung, Segal flew to Florida last week to join a group of classics professors in a solemn symposium on "The Spirit of...

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