Agatha Christie

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With over 4 billion copies of her novels sold, written in at least 56 different languages, only the Bible is known to have outsold Agatha Christie. With her series of 80 complex, plot-driven whodunits, Agatha Christie created a name for herself in the world of authors. Her many accomplishments include creating the only fictional character, Hercule Poirot, who had an obituary in the New York Times and having the longest running play in the world, The Mousetrap, with over 23,000 performances. She has been named the best-selling book writer of all time and the best-selling writer of any kind by the Guinness Book of World Records. Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on September 15, 1890 to Clarissa Margaret Boehmer and Frederick Alvah Miller. She had two older siblings, a sister, Margaret, and a brother, Louis. She received no formal education before attending finishing school in Paris, instead, her mother and governesses home-schooled her about how to read. During World War I, Agatha worked as a nurse at a hospital, and rather enjoyed it. She said that it is "one of the most rewarding professions that anyone can follow." She then continued to work at a pharmacy at a hospital. Christmas Eve, 1914, Agatha married Archibald Christie, a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps. They had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks, in 1919 and in 1920, Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affairs at Styles, was published. In late 1926, Archie admitted that he was in love with another woman and wanted a divorce. December 8th, Archie left to spend the weekend with his mistress, Nancy Neele. That same night, Agatha left their home, leaving a letter for her secretary that said she would be in Yorkshire. Her disappearance from the public eye caused ... ... middle of paper ... ... and non-Europeans. In her short story The Soul of the Croupier, she described "Hebraic men with hook-noses wearing rather flamboyant jewelry"; in later editions it was edited to describe "sallow men" rather than Hebraic. Raymond Chandler criticized Christie in his essay, The Simple Art of Murder and Edmund Wilson was dismissive of her in his article entitled Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?. From 1971 to 1975 Christie’s health began to worsen but she didn’t let it stop he from writing. She died from natural causes on January 12 1976. It is believed by Canadian scientists that she suffered from either Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Though she passed away, her achievements have lived on through the success of her books, plays and poems. Her many works made her one of the most significant and innovative writers in the development of the mystery genre.

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