Agatha Christie

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AC , the Duchess of Death, produced eighty books, including sixty-six novels and detective fictions, and fourteen of short stories as well as poetry and suspense drama. At the height of her career she published two or three books a year; they have been sold and translated in more than a hundred countries, with sale reaching a billion in the original English and another billion in translation.
Lanchester, John. “The Case of Agatha Christie”. London Review of Books, No. 24, pp. 3 - 8.
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Her work is identified with meticulously constructed plots and ingenious misdirection. UNESCO reported in August 1961 that she was the world's best-selling author writing in English.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
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Morgan, Janet. Agatha Christie: A Biography. Collins, 1984.
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Her famous sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, hide their amazing ability beneath an unimpressive exterior.
Black and white photo of Agatha Christie as a child. Her hair is in curls and her face is amusingly expressionless. It is unclear what she is wearing, however we believe it is a dress, because of the fabric visible on her shoulder.
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Milestones

15 September 1890
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller (later AC ) was born at her family's home, Ashfield, in Torquay.
Benstock, Bernard, and Thomas F. Staley, editors. Dictionary of Literary Biography 77. Gale Research, 1989.
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1926
AC published The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, a detective novel which pioneered the device whereby the narrator turns out to be the murderer.
Others, like Marie Belloc Lowndes , had used a murderer's narrative viewpoint, but not in novels posing the murderer's identity as a mystery to be solved.
Benstock, Bernard, and Thomas F. Staley, editors. Dictionary of Literary Biography 77. Gale Research, 1989.
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25 November 1952
AC 's play The Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London: adapted from the title story in her Three Blind Mice, and Other Stories, 1948. It was still playing in 2014, as the longest-running show in the world.
The title, perhaps coincidentally, is that of the play within a play in Shakespeare 's Hamlet.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
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Sanders, Dennis, and Len Lovallo. The Agatha Christie Companion. Delacorte, 1984.
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12 January 1976
AC died at her home, Winterbrook House in Wallingford.
Benstock, Bernard, and Thomas F. Staley, editors. Dictionary of Literary Biography 77. Gale Research, 1989.
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Biography

Birth and Family

15 September 1890
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller (later AC ) was born at her family's home, Ashfield, in Torquay.
Benstock, Bernard, and Thomas F. Staley, editors. Dictionary of Literary Biography 77. Gale Research, 1989.
68, 72