Sue Townsend, creator of Adrian Mole, dies at 68

It took years before Ms. Townsend was published.
It took years before Ms. Townsend was published.Michael Crabtree/AP/File 1999

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LONDON — British comic author Sue Townsend, the creator of teenage angst-ridden Adrian Mole, died Thursday after suffering a stroke. She was 68.

Ms. Townsend left school at 15, married at 18, and by 23 was a single mother of three young children. She worked in a factory, in shops and at other jobs — and wrote, honing her style for years before breaking through into publication.

Her first novel, ‘‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾,’’ was published in 1982 and was hailed as a comic masterpiece. She is also remembered for a book in which she sent Queen Elizabeth II into exile on a public housing estate.

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