GIJON, SPAIN – Spanish writer Maria del Socorro Tellado Lopez, known as Corin Tellado, who gained international fame with her romance novels, died Saturday in the northern Spanish city of Gijon, family members said. She was 81.
The writer died at home after what was probably a stroke or heart attack just after getting up in the morning, the same sources said.
One of her daughters told Efe that in recent months her mother was “quite exhausted,” for which she had a neurological checkup on Friday.
The author, considered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, to be the most widely read Spaniard since “Don Quixote” author Miguel de Cervantes, was born in the Asturian town of Viavelez on April 25, 1927.
In the course of her life she published more than 4,000 romance novels that sold 400 million copies, which earned her a place in the Guinness Book of Records where she has been a fixture since 1994.
Her stories, a mixture of ardent sentimentality and subtle eroticism, achieved great success in Latin America and sparked the creation of today’s telenovelas.
Despite being considered queen of the romance novel, her work was sometimes criticized and described as a secondary genre by some literary circles, to which she answered that she wrote “to entertain the reader” and had no reason to be ashamed of that.
Among her most typical stories were titles like “Tu Pasado Me Condena” (Your Past Condemns Me), “Consuelate Conmigo” (Find Comfort with Me), “El Idolo” (The Idol), “No Me Culpes a Mi” (Don’t Blame Me), “Me Olvidaste al Otro Dia” (You Forgot Me Until Later), “Bendita Equivocacion” (Blessed Mistake), “No Olvidare Tu Traicion” (I Won’t Forget Your Betrayal), “Confundi Tu Cobardia” (I Mistook Your Cowardice), “No Te Engañes a Ti Misma” (Don’t Fool Yourself) and “Mi Querido Fanfarron” (My Dear Showoff).
Despite her frail health that since 1995 forced her to undergo three sessons of dialysis a week, Corin Tellado went on creating her stories until the end, but instead of writing them herself, she dictated them to her daughter-in-law.
In 2002, Spanish publishing firm Suma de Letras decided to re-release some of her most popular novels that had previously been published by Brughera.
The prolific author had finished on Wednesday her last novel commissioned by Variedades magazine, widely distributed in Latin America, with which she had collaborated for many years.