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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)


Who was she?


Agatha Mary Clarissa  Christie (born as Miller) was a British crime writer of novels and short storie. She also wrote romances, on which she signed as Mary Westmacott.
Agatha Christie was born in 1890. She died in 1976, at 85 years old. According to the Guiness Book of World Records,Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time.Agatha Mary Clarissa  Christie (born as Miller) was a British crime writer of novels and short storie. She also wrote romances, on which she signed as Mary Westmacott.
 
According to the Guiness Book of World Records,Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time.

Her literary genres

The literary genres from Agatha Christie’s novels are:

  •  Murder mystery
  •  Thriller
  •  Crime fiction
  •  Detective
  •  Romances
She was influenced by Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. She was part of the literary movement called Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

   Her most well-known characters


Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published in 1920 and introduced the character Hercule Poirot.
Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple were the most long-running and well-known characters of Agatha Christie.
Edgar Allan Poe was studied by Elena Robu and her sources of informations were: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Allan_Poe 
  

Personal life


Agatha Christie's first husband was Archibald Christie (which died in 1928), but after his death she married with Max Mallowan.
She had a child, Rosalind Hicks, which died in 2004. 

Works


Agatha Christie wrote 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, West End plays and romances under her pen name, Mary Westmacott. See right down a list with her short story collections:

  • 1924 Poirot Investigates (Eleven short stories in the UK, fourteen in the US)
  • 1929 Partners in Crime (Fifteen short stories; featuring Tommy and Tuppence)
  • 1930 The Mysterious Mr. Quin (Twelve short stories; introducing Mr. Harley Quin)
  • 1932 The Thirteen Problems (Thirteen short stories; featuring Miss Marple. Published as The Tuesday Club Murders in the US.)
  • 1933 The Hound of Death (Twelve short stories –UK only)
  • 1934 The Listerdale Mystery (Twelve short stories –UK only)
  • 1934 Parker Pyne Investigates (Twelve short stories; introducing Parker Pyne and Ariadne Oliver. Published as Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective in the US.)
  • 1937 Murder in the Mews (Four novella-length stories; featuring Hercule Poirot. Published as Dead Man's Mirror in the US, but without The Incredible Theft.)
  • 1939 The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (Nine short stories –US only)
  • 1947 The Labours of Hercules (Twelve short stories; featuring Hercule Poirot)
  • 1948 The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (Eleven short stories –US only)
  • 1950 Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (Nine short stories –US only)
  • 1951 The Under Dog and Other Stories (Nine short stories –US only)
  • 1960 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Six short stories –UK only)
  • 1961 Double Sin and Other Stories (Eight short stories –US only)
  • 1971 The Golden Ball and Other Stories (Fifteen short stories –US only)
  • 1974 Poirot's Early Cases (Eighteen short stories. Published as Hercule Poirot's Early Cases in the US.)
  • 1979 Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories (Eight short stories –UK only)
  • 1984 Hercule Poirot's Casebook (Fifty short stories: fourteen from Poirot Investigates, all twelve from The Labours of Hercules, eight from The Under Dog and Other Stories, five from The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, all four from Murder in the Mews, four from Double Sin and Other Stories, and three from Three Blind Mice and Other Stories)
  • 1991 Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories (Eight short stories –UK only)
  • 1997 The Harlequin Tea Set (Nine short stories –US only)
  • 1997 While the Light Lasts and Other Stories (Nine short stories –UK only)