Agatha Christie

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  • Name: Agatha Christie ( Agatha Mary Clarissa, Mallowan )
  • Date of birth: 15 September 1890
  • Age: 85 years
  • Date of death: 12 Jan 1976
  • Place of birth: Torquay, England
  • Activity: novelist, playwright
  • Marital status: was married to max Malloween

    Agatha Christie: a biography

    Agatha Christie was born September 15, 1890. Her home town was Torquay in the English County of Devon. At birth the girl was named Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller. Her parents were wealthy immigrants from the United States. In addition to Agatha’s family had two children – older sister Margaret and brother Frere Louis Montand. Childhood the future writer spent in the estate of Ashfield.

    In 1901 became the father of Agatha, the family could no longer afford an aristocratic pastime, had to reduce all costs and to live in the strictest economy.

    To go to school Agatha was not necessary, first education engaged mother, and then a governess. In those days girls were mostly prepared for married life, teaching manners, needlework, dancing. House Agatha received a good musical education, and if not stage fright, she had all the chances to become a musician. Generally from childhood, the youngest daughter of a Miller was quite shy and, unlike his brother and sister, had a calm nature.

    At the age of 16, Agatha was sent to one of the Paris hotels. There she studied not willingly and was homesick. Its main «achievements» were two dozen grammatical errors in dictation and faint before the performance at the school concert. Then two years Agatha was in a different boarding school, then returned home a different person – with the slowness of a shy girl she turned into an attractive blonde with long hair and languorous blue eyes.

    During the First world war, the future writer worked in a military hospital, fulfilling the duties of a nurse. Then she became a pharmacist, which later helped her in writing the detectives – 83 described her crimes were committed by poisoning. After marrying Agatha took the name Christy and in between duties in the pharmacy Department of the hospital I started to write. According to one version, it was the sister gave the girl the idea of creativity.


    His first detective novel «the Mysterious incident at styles», Agatha Christie has created in 1915. On the basis of acquired knowledge and experience with Belgian refugees, the writer displays the key image of the novel – the detective, the Belgian Hercule Poirot. The first novel was published only in 1920: before the book was rejected by publishers more than five times.

    By 1926 Christie became quite famous. This was facilitated by the fact that her works were published in magazines. In 1927, in the story «Evening club «Tuesday»» there is miss Marple. Thorough familiarity with this shrewd old woman happened in the novel «the murder at the Vicarage» (1930). Then invented by the writer characters are present in several works in the series.

    The brightest detective novels of Agatha Christie are considered «the Murder of Roger Ackroyd» (1926), «Murder on the Orient Express» (1934), «death on the Nile» (1937), «Ten little Indians» (1939), «Baghdad meeting» (1957). Among the later works may be noted «the Night» (1968), «Halloween Party» (1969), «Gates of destiny» (1973).

    Christie was also a successful playwright in her works, there were multiple plays. Become the most famous play «the Mousetrap» and «witness for the prosecution».

    Only a writer was published more than 60 novels, six works under an assumed name Mary Westmacott and numerous short stories, combined into 19 collections.

    Personal life

    In 2014 Agatha Miller married pilot Colonel Archibald Christie. Later they had a daughter Rosalind. The marriage lasted 12 years, then husband once admitted to the writer that fell in love with some Nancy Neil. Between spouses there was a scandal, and in the morning, Agatha was gone.

    Her mysterious disappearance has not gone unnoticed, because by the time she became quite famous. The writer has searched for eleven days, but only found his car. It turned out that all this time, Agatha Christie stayed at a hotel under the name Teresa Neal, where he visited beauty treatments, a library, played the piano. Years later she could not find an explanation for the act, but the doctors suggested that the writer had an attack of amnesia in the nervous system: the day before, except her husband’s infidelity, Agatha also suffered the death of his mother. Two years later the couple officially terminated the relationship.

    The second time Christie married with max Malawana, who was an archaeologist. The meeting took place during a trip to Iraq. This person the writer has lived for 45 years.


    The Queen’s life detectives ended 12 January 1976, after suffering a cold. The writer was buried in the village of Calci.


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