Agatha Christie – the Most Selling Author of All Times
Agatha Christie was an English writer, author of numerous detective novels and drama works, and one of the most famous literary characters – detective Hercule Poirot that appears in many of her works. Because of the books she wrote, she was near the “Queen of the Crime”.
Childhood and education
She was born on September 15, 1890, in Devon in a house called Ashley, as the third child of Frederick Alva Miller and Clarissa Miller. At that time, not everyone had the opportunity to study, especially not all girls, but her older brother and sister, who had 10 years and 11 years more than her, attended the school. Unlike them, Agatha still had a home education, which her mother took care of. In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, her mother taught her to play piano and mandolin.
When she was 11 years old, her father died, but her mother was always there for her. She encouraged her to write poetry and short stories that were published in local newspapers. After a holiday in Egypt, Agatha wrote her first novel, which her family friend recommended to literary agent in London. Nevertheless, Agatha’s first novel had no success.
In order to gain formal education, after studying at home, she went to Paris at the age of 16, where she studied singing and piano for two years, but due to overstress and fear of public appearances, she stopped working on music.
During the First World War she worked as a nurse, and later as a pharmacist. Agatha married Coronal Archibald in 1914 and had a daughter with him – Rosalind Hicks. They divorced in 1928, when Agatha discovered that her husband was cheating.
Her first published novel is the 1920 The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in which for the first time appeared Herkule Poirot – a character who celebrated her and later found himself in another 32 novels and several dozen short stories.
While still married to Archibald, she published several short stories in several journals, as well as six novels and a collection of stories.
Divorce and second marriage
After the divorce with Archibald, Agatha for some time completely disappeared from public life, and for a while nobody knew where she was and what she was doing. However, only two years after the divorce – in 1930, she married again, this time for archaeologist Max Mallowan, with whom she was married for the next 46 years – until her death.
She also wrote under the pseudonym – Westmacott, and wrote the first of the six novels she published under this name in 1932. Until 1949 nobody knew that Mary was actually Agatha, and then a secret was discovered by the Sunday Times magazine.
As in the First World War, so in the Second World War she participated in helping the wounded. She worked at a pharmacy in London, where she gained a lot of knowledge about poisons, which were often part of her criminal novels. Thus, in the novel “The White Horse,” which she wrote in 1961, she used a thallium as a poison for the murder of one of the characters. It has so detailed and accurately described the poisoning with thallium, that one doctor, thanks to her novel, solved a medical case.
Awards and recognition for work
She was rewarded for her work for many years and she was a respected writer. So in 1956, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a year later she became the President of the Detective Club, the largest national recognition – the Order of the British Empire – she received in 1971.
Agatha Christie and her husband, Max Mallowan, were a very respected and well-known couple at that time, and the success that the two of them individually achieved was a rarity. Like Agatha, and Max was rewarded for his work for life, so in 1974 he was proclaimed a knight because of his archaeological work.
Even when her health deteriorated, she did not stop writing. In the period from 1971 to 1974, it was even more apparent that her health was damaged, and then it was discovered that she was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or some other similar dementia.
She died on January 12, 1976, a natural death in her home in Volingford, 86 years old.
Among the works of Agatha Christie there are more than 80 predominantly detective novels and drama, and in most of them appear her most famous characters – Hector Poirot and Mis Marple.
Much of her novels and stories are screened, or adapted into movies or sessions. Thus, the British television station made radio and television versions of the story of Hector Poirot and Miss Marple.
The most famous works by Agatha Christie:
“The Murder of Roger Aircraft”
“The Hare in the Sarcophagus”
“The Murder in the Orient Express”
“The Ten Little Nuns”
“The Crime Ring”
“The Secret Charm of the Chimney”
“The Secret of the Seven Dials”
“Murder in Mesopotamia”.