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Agatha Christie Research Paper

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The Life of Agatha Christie and Her Writings
Agatha Christie was a mystery writer who was one of the world's top-selling authors with works like Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None. Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on September 15, 1890 in Torquay, Devon (the southwest part of England). She was born to Clarissa Margaret Boehmer and a wealthy American stockbroker, Frederick Alvah Miller. She was brought up by both her mother and her sister. She was the youngest of three siblings. Christie loved playing as if she were in a fantasy world and creating characters as a child. After all she did say, “ One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.” She moved to Paris when
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A lot happened during this same year. Her mother died and she found out that her husband was in a relationship with another women. Also in 1926, Christie disappeared for 11 days, probably because of a combination of shock over the death of her mother and the discovery of her husband having a an affair. In 1930, she married her second husband, Max Mallowan, an archaeology professor. Her first and only child, Rosalind Hicks came from this marriage. She travelled on several expeditions with Mallowan. She later recounted her trips in the 1946 memoir Come, Tell Me How You Live. In the year of her new marriage she also released Murder at the Vicarage. This became another classic and introduced readers to Miss Jane Marplean. Christie’s other great detective is Miss Marple. The character of Miss Marple was based on the traditional English country lady and Christie’s relatives.Miss Marple has been featured in books like The Moving Finger in 1942 and A Pocket Full of Rye in 1953. Christie wrote more than 70 detective novels as well as short fiction. She also wrote romance novels like Unfinished Portrait in 1934 and A Daughter's a Daughter in 1952 under the name Mary Westmacott. Christie success has earned her titles like the "Queen of Crime" and the "Queen of Mystery." Christie was a renowned playwriter as well. Some works were The Hollow in 1951 and Verdict in 1958. Her play The Mousetrap opened in 1952 at the Ambassador Theatre. It had more than 8,800 showings in 21 years. This film also holds the record for the longest unbroken run in a London theater. Several of Christie's works have become popular movies. These include Murder on the Orient Express in 1974 and Death on the Nile in 1978. Christie was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1971. This is the title given to a woman equivalent to the rank of knight. In
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