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Agatha Christie

Date de naissance: 15. septembre 1890
Date de décès: 12. janvier 1976

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Agatha Christie, née Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller le 15 septembre 1890 à Torquay et morte le 12 janvier 1976 à Wallingford , est une femme de lettres britannique, auteure de nombreux romans policiers. Son nom est associé à celui de ses deux héros : Hercule Poirot, détective professionnel, et Miss Marple, détective amateur. On la surnomme la « Reine du crime » ; cela fait d'elle l'un des plus importants et des plus novateurs des écrivains . Elle a aussi écrit plusieurs romans, dont quelques histoires sentimentales, sous le pseudonyme de Mary Westmacott.

Agatha Christie fait partie des écrivains les plus connus au monde et elle est considérée comme l'auteur le plus lu de l'histoire chez les Anglo-Saxons, après William Shakespeare ; c'est aussi de très loin l'auteur le plus traduit dans le monde. Elle a publié 66 romans, 154 nouvelles et 20 pièces de théâtre, ces œuvres ayant été traduites dans le monde entier. La plupart des intrigues se déroulent à huis clos, ce qui permet au lecteur d'essayer de deviner l'identité du coupable avant la fin du récit.

Ses romans et nouvelles ont été adaptés au cinéma ou à la télévision, en particulier Le Crime de l'Orient-Express, Dix petits nègres, Mort sur le Nil et Le Train de 16 h 50.

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„I have the little idea, my friend, that this is a crime very carefully planned and staged. It is a far-sighted, long-headed crime. It is not — how shall I express it?“

—  Agatha Christie, livre Le Crime de l'Orient-Express
Murder on the Orient Express (1934), a Latin crime. It is a crime that shows traces of a cool, resourceful, deliberate brain — I think an Anglo-Saxon brain.

„I have made my choice, Hori. I will share my life with you for good or evil, until death comes…“

—  Agatha Christie, livre Death Comes as the End
Death Comes as the End (1945), With his arms round her, with the sudden new sweetness of his face against hers, she was filled with an exultant richness of living.

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

—  Agatha Christie, livre 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.

„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
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. Akhenaten, as portrayed in Akhnaton (1937); Christie later revised the play slightly in 1972, and it was published in 1973.

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

—  Agatha Christie, livre Murder in Mesopotamia
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. Dr Reilly

„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.

„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.

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