Books: All This, and Terence Too

"It's awfully short. It's unabashedly sentimental. But before the end I cried and cried and cried—for 45 minutes. Then I washed my face and finished the book." That about sums up what anyone might say after reading Love Story. But coming from the book's author, it is more of a surprise.

Author Erich Segal is 32, and a classics professor at Yale. But he is also a calculating purveyor of tears. He figured that he had to make women cry if the book was going to take off at all, but he is delighted that men cry too. "I can give you...

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