Dame Agatha Christie is a very interesting person.
Agatha Christie was born on September 15 1890 and died January 12 1976.
During World War I she was a volunteer dispensary nurse. This gave her a wide knowledge of medicines and poisons.
She was married twice.
She assisted her second husband's excavations in the middle east. This gave her extensive knowledge for various stories including “Death on the Nile.”
The play, The Mousetrap, was written as a birthday present forQueen Mary, the mother of King George VI. The title is Hamlet.
The Mousetrap holds the record for longest initial run. It started at the Ambassador Theatre in London on November 25, 1952 and is still going. There have been over 23,000 performances.
The first Hercule Poirot novel was titled The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Styles is an actual name of one of the houses that Agatha Christie lived in.
In 1971, Agatha Christie was named Dame Commander, Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
Only the Bible has sold more books than Agatha Christie.
In 1926, Agatha Christie's husband, Archibald, was in love with another woman and proceeded to tell Christie that he wanted a divorce. They quarreled and she left her home at Styles. She told her secretary she was leaving for Yorkshire. Instead she left for eleven days and no one is sure where she went. However, there is a register from a hotel in Yorkshire where she used a pseudonym that was actually Archibald's mistress's sister.
There are many theories of what happened during her disappearance for eleven days. One of the theories is that she had a mental breakdown. Author Jared Cade wrote Agatha Christie and the Eleven Days. A movie was even made about her disappearance.
Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express while staying at the Pera Palace Hotel.
The earliest Hercule Poirot movie was The Passing of Mr. Quin in 1928 with William Gillette as Poirot.
Agatha Christie used a pseudonym, Mary Westamacott, for writing romance novels.
There are numerous video games based on Poirot and Miss Marple.
Hercule Poirot was played by numerous men including Peter Ustinov, Albert Finney, William Gillette, and the incomparable David Suchet, who is considered the quintessential Hercule Poirot.
Miss Marple has been played by numerous women, including Joan Hickson, Julie Mackenzie, Geraldine McKuen, and Helen Hayes.
Some of Agatha Christie's books include:
Death on the Nile (1937)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
Miss Marple and the Thirteen Problems (1932)
Mr, Parker Pike, Detective (1934)
The Moving Finger (1942)
The Crooked House (1949)
Of course there are a ton more than those listed.
There is an Agatha Christie Society(1) :
Agatha Christie Society
P.O. Box 1896
Radio City Station
New York, New York 10101-1896
Check out these sites:
(1) Brenner, Alfred and Emily Gloss. About the Author. Cader Books. San Diego: 2000 pp 42-43.