10 Interesting Facts about Agatha Christie

Those who love to read mystery novels might consider one of these following facts about Agatha Christie really interesting and fun to read. As you know, Agatha Christie was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best know for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collection she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigations of such characters. She also wrote the world’s longest-running play, “The Mousetrap”. Furthermore, to get to know more about her and her work collections, here are some other facts about Agatha Christie you might be interested in.

Facts about Agatha Christie 1: Best-selling Novelist

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 4 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world’s most-widely published books, behind Shakespeare’s works and the Bible.

Facts about Agatha Christie 2: The Mousetrap

Christie’s stage play “The Mousetrap” holds the record for the longest initial run: it opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November 1952 and as of 2012 is still running after more than 25,000 performances.

Facts about Agatha Christie - Agatha Christie

Facts about Agatha Christie – Agatha Christie

Facts about Agatha Christie 3: The Blue Beard of Unhappiness

Writing and performing in amateur theatrics, she also helped put on a play called “The Blue Beard of Unhappiness” with female friends. Her writing extended to both poetry and music. Some early works saw publication, but she decided against focusing on either of these as future professions.

Facts about Agatha Christie 4: First Novel

Christie then set her first novel, “Snow Upon the Desert” in Cairo, and drew from her recent experiences in that city. Under the pseudonym Monosyllaba, she was perturbed when various publishers all declined.

Facts about Agatha Christie - Murder of the Orient Express

Facts about Agatha Christie – Murder of the Orient Express

Facts about Agatha Christie 5: Detective Novel

She wrote her own detective novel “The Mysterious Affair at Syles” featuring Hercule Poirot; portrayed as a former Belgian police officer noted for his twirly large “magnificent moustaches” and egg-shaped head, who took refuge in Britain after Germany had invaded Belgium. Christie’s inspiration for this stemmed from real Belgian refugees who existed in Torquay.

Facts about Agatha Christie 6: Agatha Christie Limited

During Agatha Christie’s life, she had set up a private company, Agatha Christie Limited to hold the rights to her works, and around 1959 she had also transferred her 278 acre home, Greenway Estate, to her daughter Rosalind.

Facts about Agatha Christie - Room in Istanbul where Christie had stayed

Facts about Agatha Christie – Room in Istanbul where Christie had stayed

Facts about Agatha Christie 7: Film Version

During the Second World War, Christie wrote two novels, “Curtain” and “Sleeping Murder”, intended as the last cases of these two great detectives, Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. Both books were sealed in a bank vault for over thirty years and were released for publication by Christie only at the end of her life, when she realised that she could not write any more novels. These publications came on the heels of the success of the film version of “Murder on the Orient Express in 1974”.

Facts about Agatha Christie 8: Classic Mystery Structure

Agatha Christie’s reputation as “The Queen of Crime” was built upon the large number of classic motifs that she introduced, or for which she provided the most famous example. Christie built these tropes into what is now considered classic mystery structure: a murder is committed, there are multiple suspects who are all concealing secrets, and the detective gradually uncovers these secrets over the course of the story, discovering the most shocking twists towards the end.

Facts about Agatha Christie - Young Christie

Facts about Agatha Christie – Young Christie

Facts about Agatha Christie 9: Character Stereotypes

Christie occasionally inserted stereotyped descriptions of characters into her work, particularly before the end of the Second World War (when such attitudes were more commonly expressed publicly), and particularly in regard to Italians, Jews, and non-Europeans.

Facts about Agatha Christie 10: Critical Reception

The world’s best-selling mystery writer, and often referred to as the “Queen of Crime”, Agatha Christie is considered a master of suspense, plotting, and characterization.Some critics however regarded Christie’s plotting abilities as considerably exceeding her literary ones.

Facts about Agatha Christie - Gravestone

Facts about Agatha Christie – Gravestone

Hope you would find those Agatha Christie facts really interesting, useful and helpful for your additional reading.



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