He was 99.
Mr. Elmore who also wrote The Book of Hate, The Book of Misgivings and The Book of Sullen Ambivalence, had mixed feelings about the song.
“The royalties were great for a while,” he told friends. “But I couldn’t understand some of the lyrics, and it didn’t tell the whole story.”
As he told SPINews last year, “My book was about much more than ‘In chapter four you break up but you give her just one more chance'. And they ignored the best parts like raging hormones and rec-room petting.”
Mr. Elmore added, "I got so frustrated at, 'I wonder, wonder, who wrote the book of love' because nobody knew the answer. I kept telling everyone it was me!"