Beloved, best-selling Irish writer Maeve Binchy died Monday at the age of 72 after enduring a brief illness, according to reports.
Binchy, a renowned novelist, short story scribe and journalist who sold more than 40 million books around the world, had a best-seller in her first novel, 1982's "Light a Penny Candle," and in the years that followed became one of the most-adored Irish writers of her generation, according to Ireland's RTE News.
Beloved Irish writer Maeve Binchy died Monday night at the age of 72.
Born in Dalkey, she attended University College Dublin and worked for a while as a teacher in Dublin before becoming a journalist with the Irish Times, a career choice that brought her to London, where she rose to hold the position of the Times' London editor.
She passed away in a hospital in Dublin with her husband, writer Gordon Snell, by her side, according to the Irish Times.
Her choice to become a writer rather than simply meeting a successful man and settling down dismayed her mother at first, but Maeve Binchy persisted and silenced her critics by achieving her dream and becoming a literary star in the process, according to a quote referenced in her obituary in the Irish Times:
"My mother hoped I would meet a nice doctor or barrister or accountant who would marry me and take me to live in what is now called Fashionable Dublin Four. But she felt that this was a vain hope. I was a bit loud to make a nice professional wife, and anyway, I was too keen on spending my holidays in far-flung places to meet any of these people."
A prolific writer, she published a total of 16 novels, including "The Lilac Bus and Echoes," "Circle of Friends," How About You" and "Tara Road" -- all of which were made into feature motion pictures or TV movies. She also wrote four short-story collections, a play and a novella, and her writings have been translated into 30 languages, according to the Guardian.
On July 3, 2010, Maeve Binchy spoke with the Irish Times about her life:
"I don't have any regrets about any roads I didn't take. Everything went well, and I think that's been a help because I can look back, and I do get great pleasure out of looking back. ... I've been very lucky and I have a happy old age with good family and friends still around."
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