Laura Mondadori, an heiress and chronicler of Italy's Mondadori publishing dynasty, has died at the age of 66, a family spokeswoman said Friday.

Mondadori died Wednesday night at her home from an undisclosed ``incurable illness,' the spokeswoman said.She was the daughter of the late Arnoldo Mondadori, founder of the publishing empire, and a major shareholder of Mondadori. The company publishes the national daily La Repubblica, the country's two top-selling weeklies, scores of magazines, a dozen regional newspapers and some 2,500 book titles a year.

In 1985, Mondadori published ``A Printing Press in Paradise,' which described the history of her family and the publishing company.

She was also founder of the the Arnoldo and Alberto Foundation, a society created to promote cultural events and preserve Italian literary texts.

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