Agatha Christie; The Queen of Mystery

Agatha Marry Clarissa Christie’s origin story

Agatha Marry Clarissa Christie was born in England on September 15, 1890. She is the third child of Clarissa and Frederick. As a conservative mother, Clarissa or Clara believes that a child can only read a book at the age of 8 years. It aims to protect the eyes and brain.

However, for Agatha this view does not apply. Since childhood he has been interested in words and sentences, especially from his eldest brother Medge, who is humorous and loves to tell stories. Medge is the figure who challenged Agatha to write mystery novels.

Agatha had studied in Paris in 1905 for five years. In 1910 Clara was diagnosed with gallstones, paratyphoid, and appendicitis and suggested that Clara stay in Egypt, which is warmer than England. While in Egypt, Clara is accompanied by Agatha. Agatha married in 1914 to a British officer named Archibald Christie.

Marriage, and publishing her first novel

After five years of marriage, they have a daughter, Rosalind Margaret Clarissa. At the same time, Agatha also received a call to discuss publishing her novel with John Lane. In 1920, Agatha’s first novel entitled The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in England and America. It was through this novel that the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot became known.

The novel was later purchased by The Weekly Times for £50. Since this time Agatha became known as a novelist. Agatha wrote about Poirot’s adventures more than 20 times, until the Belgian detective was finally killed in the 1975 novel Curtain.

Besides Poirot, Agatha also created a female detective character named Jane Marple. Marple is a gentle spinster as well as a good observer. Merple first appeared in the novel Murder at the Vicarage in 1930. Apart from writing detective novels, Agatha also wrote romance novels under the pen name Marry Westmacott.

According to Irene Kahn Atkins in Agatha Christie and the Detective Film: A Timetable for Success (1975); during her lifetime Agatha had written about 80 novels or almost one title each year. In addition, the Guinness Book of World Records lists Agatha as the best-selling novelist of all time. As  to novels, Agatha has also written a theatrical script, entitled The Mousetrap, which is the longest-running theatrical production in the world.

In 1970 with declining health conditions; Agatha continued to publish novels such as Nemesis (1971); Elephants Can Remember (1972); Curtain (1975); and the end of Marple’s story in Sleeping Murder in 1976. Agatha also wrote an autobiography with the title Agatha Christie. : An Autobiography published one year after his death. With deteriorating health due to Alzheimer’s disease, the Queen of Mysteries died on January 12, 1976 at the age of 85 in Winterbrook, England.


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