Agatha Christie

Christie, Dame Agatha

Dame Agatha Christie, 1890–1976, English detective story writer, b. Torquay, Devon, as Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller. Christie's second husband was the archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan, and she gained much material for her later novels during his excavations in the Middle East. An extraordinarily popular author, Christie wrote over 80 books, most of them featuring one of her two famous detectives; Hercule Poirot, an egotistical Belgian, and Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster. Her novels, noted for their skillful plots, include The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), Murder on the Orient Express (1934), Death on the Nile (1937), And Then There Were None (1940), Death Comes as the End (1945), Funerals Are Fatal (1953), The Pale Horse (1962), Passenger to Frankfurt (1970), Elephants Can Remember (1973), and Curtain (1975); her plays include The Mousetrap (1952), one of the longest-running plays in theatrical history, and Witness for the Prosecution (1954). Christie also published novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. She was named Dame Commander, Order of the British Empire, in 1971.

See her memoir (1944, repr. 2012) and her autobiography (1977, repr. 2012); biography by J. Morgan (1985, repr. 1997).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Murder She Wrote: A Study of Agatha Christie's Detective Fiction
Patricia D. Maida; Nicholas B. Spornick.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1982
The Gentle Art of Murder: The Detective Fiction of Agatha Christie
Earl F. Bargainnier.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1980
FREE! The Mysterious Affair at Styles: A Detective Story
Agatha Christie.
Grosset & Dunlap, 1920
The World of Law: A Treasury of Great Writing about and in the Law: Short Stories, Plays, Essays, Accounts, Letters, Opinions, Pleas, Transcripts of Testimony; from Biblical Times to the Present
Ephraim London.
Simon and Schuster, vol.1, 1960
Librarian’s tip: "The Witness for the Prosecution" by Agatha Christie begins on p. 258
British Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, vol.1, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Agatha Christie 1890-1976" begins on p. 21
Great Women Mystery Writers: Classic to Contemporary
Katheen Gregory Klein.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Agatha Christie (1890-1976)" begins on p. 58
Theory and Practice of Classic Detective Fiction
Jerome H. Delamater; Ruth Prigozy.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Part II "Agatha Christie and British Detective Fiction"
Deceptive and Deadly Numbers and Letters in Christie's Double Versions of Ten Little Indians and Witness for the Prosecution
Ardolino, Frank.
Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, August 2001
Victims or Villains: Jewish Images in Classic English Detective Fiction
Malcolm J. Turnbull.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Three Golden-Age Case-Studies: Christie, Sayers, and Cox"
Variations on Three Bodies of Knowledge
van der Linde, Gerhard; Wouters, Els.
International Fiction Review, Vol. 30, No. 1-2, January 2003
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Modernism and Mystery: The Curious Case of the Lost Generation
Durham, Carolyn A.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring 2003
Modern British Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide
Vicki K. Janik; Del Ivan Janik.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Agatha Christie 1890-1976" begins on p. 72
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