Agatha Christie


Agatha Christie: Queen of the Mystery Genre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller of Torquay, Devon, England. Researchers debate on the year in which she was born, but it was September 15 in either 1890 or 1891. Her father was an American who lived with his British wife in Torquay. At the time, her parents did not realize that their daughter would one day become a famous English author, writing an insatiable amount of novels and plays. Her focus was mainly on the mystery genre of literature. She was married two times, and bore one daughter by her first husband. In 1971, five years before her death, Christie was given the prestigious title of a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She died January 12, 1976 at Wallingford in Oxfordshire (Prichard www.mysteries.com/birthday/). Agatha Miller was born the third child to her parents, Fred and Mary Miller. She grew up in Torquay, Devon, England. She was taught at home by her mother and several tutors and governesses, never attending a real school. As a child, Miller kept herself occupied by inventing games to play with her siblings. Not being around other children besides her siblings made Miller a shy child. She was not outspoken in her thoughts, so she expressed her feelings in music. Later in life, she would turn to writing as a means of expression (Yaffe [email protected]). Agatha Miller?s first husband was Archibald Christie, who was a World War I fighter pilot. The newlywed Mrs. Christie worked as a nurse while her husband was off at war. Through her nursing experiences, she learned of many new drugs on the market. These drugs fascinated her, thus prompting her to use them as factors in several of her Graham 2 works. Her marriage to Christie lasted only twelve years, and they were divorced in 1926. Not long after her divorce from her first husband, Christie disappeared without a trace for a short period of ten days. She was found at a resort hotel, claiming to be a victim of amnesia caused by emotional stress. Agatha Christie had checked into the hotel under the alias Theresa Neele; Neele being the surname of her husband?s mistress. After a full memory recovery, Christie claimed for the rest of her life that she truly suffered amnesia. Some critics say that Christie faked her amnesia to do two things. The first was to get revenge on her ex-husband, Archibald Christie, for running off with another woman. The second reason of the assumed fake disappearance was possibly to gain publicity for her new books. Whether Christie really suffered amnesia or not, the so-called publicity stunt worked. It brought her name into the press then more than it had ever been before (Prichard www.mysteries.com/birthday/). A few years after her recovery, she met and married a man named Max Mallowan. However, she kept the Christie surname for publicity reasons. Max Mallowan was a young archaeologist specializing in the Middle East. Christie and Mallowan lived happily for years in Baghdad, Iraq, while she continued to write and he continued to do archaeological research. She even accompanied him on some of his archaeological digs in different parts of the Middle East. Christie?s marriage to Mallowan was a success, for they stayed together until her death in 1976 (Encarta 1999). Agatha Christie used her life as the basis of many of her writings. In her first book, "The Mystery Affair at Styles", Christie used her nursing experiences to make the book enjoyable. Several of her books include death by poisoning. Christie gained this knowledge also from her experience as a nurse during World War I. Two of the main characters used in most of Christie?s works were Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster with enough spare time on her hands to do a little unprofessional detective work, and Hercule Poirot, a clever sleuth also created by Christie. The most famous novel depicting Graham 3 Hercule Poirot is "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd". This book is a subtle masterpiece of misdirection, and created quite a public sensation. It was probably the greatest achievement of this time period. Hercule Poirot is probably best remembered by his oddly-shaped mustache and his egg-shaped head. Poirot also thought very highly of himself. Hercule Poirot has been portrayed in Christie films by such actors as Tony Randall