Agatha Christie:Queen of Crime
Agatha Christie' Life
Agatha's Early Life
Agatha was born in 1890 into a relatively wealthy family. She was reading by the age of four and wrote her first poem in 1901 at the age of ten. Later that year, her father died, and her mother sent her to a Paris boarding school. After a couple of years, she returned to England in 1907.
By the age of eighteen, she wrote her first short story, The House of Beauty, a 6000 word-story. Unfortunately, it was rejected by publishers. So, she began working on her first novel, Snow Upon the Desert, under the name Monsyllaba. Again this was rejected by publishers.
Her mother, sensing her dismay, suggested she ask their neighbor and author, Eden Phillpotts, to read the novel. Phillpotts then sent a letter of introduction to his literary agent, Hughes Massie. Massie also rejected the book but suggested she write another.
Finally, John Lane of the Bodley Head agreed to sign Agatha to publish her first novel and five successive ones. And her first novel, The Mysterious Affair, was published in 1916, and Agatha's career was on the upswing. This novel introduced detective Hercule Poirot, and he would remain as a character in over thirty of her books.
Detective Poirot of The Mysterious Affair
Agatha's and Archie Christie
Agatha's Husband Archie
Agatha married Archibald "Archie" Christie in 1914. Their only child, Rosalin, was born in 1919. Archie served in the British service while Agatha volunteered during WW I and II in the pharmacy department of the hospital. She gained considerable knowledge of poisons giving her credibility in her novels. During this time, she wrote The Secret Adversary, and by 1933, her third novel, Murder on the Links, was published.
In 1926 Archie asked for a divorce as he had fallen for Nancy Neele. Agatha was beside herself. Her mother's death and now a pending divorce pushed her into depression.
On December 2, 1926, Agatha disappeared. Hundreds of police and volunteers hunted for Agatha to no avail until, on December 14, 1926, she was found at a hotel registered under the name of Mrs. Tressa Neele. The name Neele was her husband's lover's surname.
Agatha was said to be suffering from memory loss, but some thought it was a publicity stunt. Nevertheless, Agatha refused to discuss it any further. A divorce was granted in 1928 with Agatha retaining custody of Rosalin and the surname Christie for her writing.
Agatha and Max Mullowan
Agatha and Max Expeditions
In 1930 Agatha met the famous archaeologist, Max Mallowan who was 13 years her junior. They would continue expeditions together, and Agatha again used her travels and working on digs to gather background for her novels. When she wrote Murder on the Orient, she used her experience traveling to Istanbul then to Baghdad.
Agatha enjoyed her time on the expeditions and fell in love with the beauty and people of Syria who enjoyed life to the fullest.
Agatha's 66 Novels in Many Languages
Agatha's Later Years
By 1971, Agatha's health was declining as she worked on her final novel, The Poster of Fate. Agatha was awarded the Dame Commander of the Order of British Empire for her contribution to literature.
Her best selling novel, And Then There Were None, sold over 100 million copies.
A bronze marker was dedicated to Agatha in 2012 and is located in London, corner of Cranborne and Newport St., London.
Agatha died in 1975 at Winterbrook and is buried in St. Mary's Church, Oxfordshire, England. Although her husband Max remarried after Agatha died, he is buried beside her in St. Mary's.
Agatha will forever be remembered as the greatest crime writer of all.