|Dame Agatha Christie |
|Born |15 September 1890(1890-09-15) |
| |Torquay, Devon, England |
|Died |12 January 1976 (aged 85) |
| |Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England |
|Occupation |Novelist |
|Genres |Murder mystery, Thriller, Crime fiction |
|Literary movement |Golden Age of Detective Fiction |
Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), commonly known as Agatha Christie, was an English crime writer of novels, short stories and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but is best remembered for her 80 detective novels and her successful West End theatre plays. Her works, particularly featuring detectives Hercule Poirot or Miss Jane Marple, have given her the title the 'Queen of Crime' and made her one of the most important and innovative writers in the development of the genre.
Christie has been called—by the Guinness Book of World Records, among others — the best-selling writer of books of all time and the best-selling writer of any kind, along with William Shakespeare. Only the Bible is known to have outsold her collected sales of roughly four billion copies of novels. UNESCO states that she is currently the most translated individual author in the world with only the collective corporate works of Walt Disney Productions surpassing her. Christie's books have been translated into (at least) 56 languages.
Hercule Poirot :
Agatha Christie's first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in 1920 and introduced the...