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Agatha Christie

Birthdate: 15. September 1890
Date of death: 12. January 1976

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, was an English writer known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world's longest-running play The Mousetrap and six romances under the pen name Mary Westmacott. In 1971, she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to literature.Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. She served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six consecutive rejections, but this changed when The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in 1920 featuring Hercule Poirot. During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels.

Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever and one of the best-selling books of all time. Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on 25 November 1952, and as of April 2019 was still running after more than 27,000 performances.In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award. Later the year, Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award from the MWA for best play.

In 2013, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 writers of the Crime Writers' Association. On 15 September 2015, coinciding with her 125th birthday, And Then There Were None was named the "World's Favourite Christie" in a vote sponsored by the author's estate. Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games, and comics, and more than 30 feature films have been based on her work.

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Death in the Clouds
Death in the Clouds
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Murder in Mesopotamia
Murder in Mesopotamia
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The Moving Finger
The Moving Finger
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Murder at the Vicarage
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N or M?
N or M?
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Third Girl
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After the Funeral
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Sleeping Murder
Sleeping Murder
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Death Comes as the End
Death Comes as the End
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Peril at End House
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The Burden
The Burden
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The A.B.C. Murders
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The Secret Adversary
The Secret Adversary
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Sad Cypress
Sad Cypress
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Cat Among the Pigeons
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Murder on the links
Murder on the links
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The Pale Horse
The Pale Horse
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Hallowe'en Party
Hallowe'en Party
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Surprise! Surprise!
Surprise! Surprise!
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A Caribbean Mystery
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The Clocks
The Clocks
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Elephants Can Remember
Elephants Can Remember
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A Murder Is Announced
A Murder Is Announced
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Dead Man's Folly
Dead Man's Folly
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Endless Night
Endless Night
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Lord Edgware Dies
Lord Edgware Dies
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The Hound of Death
The Hound of Death
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Five Little Pigs
Five Little Pigs
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Three Act Tragedy
Three Act Tragedy
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The Thirteen Problems
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At Bertram's Hotel
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Evil Under the Sun
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Curtain
Curtain
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A Pocket Full of Rye
A Pocket Full of Rye
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The Big Four
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Partners in Crime
Partners in Crime
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Destination Unknown
Destination Unknown
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Towards Zero
Towards Zero
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„An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.“

—  Agatha Christie

Christie denied having made this remark, which had been attributed to her by her second husband Sir Max Mallowan in a news report (9 March 1954); according to Nigel Dennis, "Genteel Queen of Crime: Agatha Christie Puts Her Zest for Life Into Murder", Life, Volume 40, N° 20, 14 May 1956 http://books.google.com/books?id=p0wEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA102, she was quoting "a witty wife"; Quote Investigator reports on "An Archaeologist Is the Best Husband a Woman Can Have" as of uncertain origin. http://quoteinvestigator.com/2016/07/12/husband/
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Variant: An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.

„I have given them life instead of death, freedom instead of the cords of superstition, beauty and truth instead of corruption and exploitation.“

—  Agatha Christie

Akhenaten, as portrayed in Akhnaton (1937); Christie later revised the play slightly in 1972, and it was published in 1973.
Context: I have given them life instead of death, freedom instead of the cords of superstition, beauty and truth instead of corruption and exploitation. The old bad days are over for them, the Light of the Aton has risen, and they can dwell in peace and harmony freed from the shadow of fear and oppression.

„In a state of emergency martial law is proclaimed.“

—  Agatha Christie

Curtain - Poirot's Last Case (1975)
Context: I have no more now to say. I do not know, Hastings, if what I have done is justified or not justified. No — I do not know. I do not believe that a man should take the law into his own hands... But on the other hand, I am the law! As a young man in the Belgian police force I shot down a desperate criminal who sat on a roof and fired at people below. In a state of emergency martial law is proclaimed.

„Believe me, nurse, the difficulty of beginning will be nothing to the difficulty of knowing how to stop.“

—  Agatha Christie, book Murder in Mesopotamia

Dr Reilly
Murder in Mesopotamia (1936)
Context: Believe me, nurse, the difficulty of beginning will be nothing to the difficulty of knowing how to stop. At least that's the way it is with me when I have to make a speech. Someone's got to catch hold of my coat-tails and pull me down by main force.

„I have no more now to say. I do not know, Hastings, if what I have done is justified or not justified. No — I do not know. I do not believe that a man should take the law into his own hands… But on the other hand, I am the law!“

—  Agatha Christie

Curtain - Poirot's Last Case (1975)
Context: I have no more now to say. I do not know, Hastings, if what I have done is justified or not justified. No — I do not know. I do not believe that a man should take the law into his own hands... But on the other hand, I am the law! As a young man in the Belgian police force I shot down a desperate criminal who sat on a roof and fired at people below. In a state of emergency martial law is proclaimed.

„Words had become to him a means of obscuring facts — not of revealing them.“

—  Agatha Christie, book The Labours of Hercules

The Labours of Hercules (1967)
Context: Words had become to him a means of obscuring facts — not of revealing them. He was an adept in the art of the useful phrase — that is to say the phrase that falls soothingly on the ear and is quite empty of meaning.

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