Corin Tellado, wrote 4,000 Spanish romance novels, 81

By Harold Heckle
Associated Press / April 12, 2009
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MADRID - Corín Tellado, a well-known Spanish author of more than 4,000 romance novels, died yesterday while celebrating the Easter holidays with her family. She was 81.

Ms. Tellado, whose real name was María del Socorro Tellado López, collapsed at her home in the northern seaside city of Gijón and died of heart failure, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Ms. Tellado's novels became popular throughout the Spanish-speaking world, particularly in Spain and Latin America.

In 2007, the regional government of her native Asturias honored the author for a lifetime dedicated to literature with an exhibition called "Corín Tellado, 60 Years of Love Novels."

"I'm not a romantic, nor a dreamer or visionary," Ms. Tellado said at the inauguration. "However, someone had to write novels about love and it just happened to be me."

Despite ill health that forced her to have blood dialysis three times a week since 1995, Ms. Tellado kept writing right until the end, delivering her final novel on Wednesday.