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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Agatha Christie: Selected full-text books and articles

Murder She Wrote: A Study of Agatha Christie's Detective Fiction By Patricia D. Maida; Nicholas B. Spornick Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1982
The Gentle Art of Murder: The Detective Fiction of Agatha Christie By Earl F. Bargainnier Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1980
British Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960 By 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 By Katheen Gregory Klein Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Agatha Christie (1890-1976)" begins on p. 58
Theory and Practice of Classic Detective Fiction By Jerome H. Delamater; Ruth Prigozy Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Part II "Agatha Christie and British Detective Fiction"
Victims or Villains: Jewish Images in Classic English Detective Fiction By 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 By van der Linde, Gerhard; Wouters, Els International Fiction Review, Vol. 30, No. 1-2, January 2003
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Modernism and Mystery: The Curious Case of the Lost Generation By Durham, Carolyn A Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring 2003
Modern British Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide By Vicki K. Janik; Del Ivan Janik Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Agatha Christie 1890-1976" begins on p. 72
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