Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (born Miller, 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) is a beloved English writer also known as “the queen of crime”.

 

Agatha Christie

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Although she is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, especially those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Christie also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott.

In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.

 

Agatha Christie

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 “The 40th Anniversary of the Death of Agatha Christie, 1890-1976”

Murder on the Orient Express (1st)

And Then There Were None (1st)

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1.33 £)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1.33 £)

The Body in the Library (1.52 £)

A Murder is Announced (1.52 £)

2016/09/15

 

Early life

Christie described her childhood as “very happy”, and she was surrounded by strong and independent women from an early age. Agatha was raised in a household with various esoteric beliefs and, like her siblings; she believed that her mother Clara was a psychic with the ability of second sight. Clara believed that Agatha should not learn to read until she was eight. However, thanks to her own curiosity, Agatha taught herself to read much earlier which resulted in her being a big reader from an early age.

She was a big fan of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes so it’s not surprising her first published novel was a detective novel “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” featuring Hercule Poirot, a former Belgian police officer noted for his magnificent moustaches. Hercule Poirot appeared in 33 Christie’s novels and 54 short stories.

 

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

The 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Agatha Christie, 1890-1976

Central African Republic, 2015/10/12

 

Her other famous lead character, Miss Jane Marple, was introduced in the short-story collection The Thirteen Problems in 1927. She was based on Christie’s grandmother who „always expected the worst of everyone and everything, and was, with almost frightening accuracy, usually proved right.” Marple appeared in 12 novels and 20 stories.

 

Hercule Poirot vs. Miss Marple

In time, Christie became increasingly tired of Poirot calling him “insufferable”, and “an egocentric creep”. In contrast, Christie loved Miss Marple. Christie never wrote a novel or short story featuring both Poirot and Miss Marple. She revealed the reason for this: “Hercule Poirot, a complete egoist, would not like being taught his business or having suggestions made to him by an elderly spinster lady. Hercule Poirot – a professional sleuth – would not be at home at all in Miss Marple’s world.”

 

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

The 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Agatha Christie, 1890-1976

Solomon Islands, 2015/09/03

 

Often referred to as the “Queen of Crime” or “Queen of Mystery”, Agatha Christie is the world’s best-selling mystery writer and is considered a master of suspense, plotting, and characterization.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold in 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world’s most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare’s works and the Bible. She remains the most-translated individual author, translated into at least 103 languages.

Most of her works have been adapted for the big screen or TV, and Christie herself has also been portrayed on a number of occasions in film and television. Not bad for that little girl who learned to read by herself.

 

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