Queen Of Crime: Agatha
Do you Know Agatha Christie?
- Yes. She is the detective novel writer you know already. Her novels are ever liked since their inception. Most of you would have heard of Agatha Christie, some of you may have read her sublime and supremely unique crime novels too. Let us dedicate a hub to this great writer of crime world.
- Agatha Christie was a crime novelist in particular and a playwright in general. In short she was prolific once it came to thrillers and crime branch of literature.
- She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott,
- In addition to romances, She is best known for writing Sixty Six detective novels and fourteen short story collections written under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigations of such characters.
- She also has to her name, the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap.
- Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, England, U.K., as the youngest of three sisters, in September 1890. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller and Louis Montant Miller.
- Born into an upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Christie gave her services in a medical camp during the First World War, before marrying. She was later quoted as being proud of her medical services to soldiers.
- She met her beloved Archie in London during his leave at the twilight of 1914, and they married on the afternoon of Christmas that year. The couple met throughout the first world war every time he was posted home. Rising through the ranks, Archie was finally posted back to UK in September 1918 as a colonel in the Air Ministry. Uptil 1928, her life was streamline.
- Thus she had a martial and archaeological (read quotes by Agatha) background in her marital life.
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Start of her Literary Writings
- Christie had an urge to read detective novels right from start, having thoroughly read Collins' The Moonstone as well as Sir Arthur Doyle's early Sherlock Holmes stories in her childhood years.
- Christie published her first detective novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles featuring her iconic character, Hercule Poirot. He was portrayed as a former Belgian police officer known for his large "magnificent moustaches", who had Britain as his home after Germany had invaded Belgium. Christie's inspiration was influenced by real Belgian refugees who existed in her native city. Hercule became a favourite character from the very first release of the novel.
- Her hubby Archie left the Air Force service at the end of the first world war and started his luck in the financial sector at a comparatively low salary from armed service, though they still employed a working maid then.
- Her art's craze increased and Christie's second novel, The Secret Adversary in1922, featured a new detective couple Tommy and Tuppence. Again published by The Bodley Head, it earned her £50, another motivation for her to go ahead.
Break from writing and Marital Disturbance
- Perhaps every author, novel writer has some turbulence in his/her life. Agatha's life was never smooth. She had been losing the support of her husband in mid 20's. In late 1926, Archie asked Agatha for a divorce. Archie being in love with Nancy Neele, who had been a friend of Major Belcher, director of theEmpire Mission. Agatha was largely disappointed at the loss of her beloved husband's support.
- The Christies put an end to their marriage in 1928, and Archie married his new love Nancy Neele. Agatha got custody of her daughter Rosalind. During the course of their marriage, Agatha wrote and published six novels and a mammoth collection of short stories for different magazines.
- Her second marriage was to archaeologist Max Mallowan, having met him in an archaeological survey. She really relished meeting him and they enjoyed marriage greatly until her death. Mallowan was a great help to his wife and her literary skills flourished because of her joy knowing no bounds.
Famous Characters of Agatha
Her characters were her creation. Each one being unique and masterful. Each one was attractive. Two of the beloved, respected genius characters creations of Agatha are described here:
- Hercule Poirot: As mentioned above, Hercule was a retired Belgian spy and detective with great intelligetia and a variety of knowledge from his time in the police force, highly respected, closely assosiated with Scotland Yard. Poirot was always witty, methodical and rational in his approach of solving the cases of crime referred to him. He inspired every confidence in the reader that he would uncover the identity of the murder and the circumstances of the death, and so you are willing to go along with him, trusting in his abilities. He is displayed greatly in the motion picture of 1978, Death on the Nile. The film was equally loved just because of the witty and audacious character of Hercule.
- Miss Jane Marple: Miss Marple had a wealth of experience of behaviour of people. She spent most of her life in an English village, Agatha mentioned her as " She claimed that nothing could surprise her as she had seen everything of village" . Miss Marple’s powers of deduction were due to her strong intuition and a strong grip on psychology of public as she would imagine how she has seen others react in the same circumstances, or a feeling that they remind her of someone. A keen observant of human feelings and notions, she would become a favourite of Agatha's literature. Ican recall a wonderful quote: "The worst is so often true." by Miss Marple.
Most of Agatha's novels are loved a great deal, I have read many but some worth mentioning that come to my mind are the following:
- Peril at End House
- Murder in Mesopotamia
- Appointment with Death
- They Came to Baghdad
- Death on the Nile
Agatha was very famous even during her lifetime. Her books are still part of world's greatest libraries and she has a great name in Modern English literature as well. To mention Agatha's many literary honours and titles include:
- Appointment of Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956.
- The next year in 1957, she became the President of the Detection Club.
- In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
- Referred to as the "Queen of Crime", Agatha Christie is thought off as a master of suspense, and thrill.
- Death on the Nile A film based on a resolved murder mystery by Agatha,was released in 1978, the film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. During a boat at the Nile River, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (played by Peter Ustinov) struggles to find out who murdered an heiress on board.
- Even in Japan an honorary award, Agatha Christie Award is a literary award established in 2010 in commemoration of Agatha Christie's 120th anniversary.
Quotes by Agatha
Agatha had her books as her literary benchmark, however Some worth mentioning quotes by the great Agatha Christie are presented here.
- An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.
- I don't think necessity is the mother of invention—invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
- Hercule Poirot tapped his forehead. 'These little grey cells, It is `up to them'—as you say over here.'
- Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.