Agatha Christie is known as the lady of crime, or the lady of mystery, because no writer like her has excelled in the genre of the detective novel. After The Bible and the works of William Shakespeare, her books are the best sellers of the entire planet, at all times.
Also, her novel The murder of Roger Ackroyd was chosen as the best crime novel in history, by 600 writers in 2013. As if this were not enough, his play The Mousetrap has been represented continuously since 1952, becoming a world record.
“The best crimes for my novels have occurred to me while washing dishes. Scrubbing dishes makes anyone a homicidal category maniac.”
It is said that Agatha Christie entertained the world’s readers more than any other writer of her generation. What makes her work so fascinating? It is a combination between psychology and mystery, handled in an exquisite way. This writer always gives the reader tools to decipher the culprit of a crime, as well as surprise with its endings.
A happy childhood
Agatha Christie was born on September 15, 1890, in Wallingford, southeast England. Hiermother was of Irish origin and his father was born in the United States. The family was of upper middle class, of liberal stock and fond of intellectual subjects. Agatha had two brothers and a happy childhood.
She was convinced that her mother, Clara, had extra-sensory powers and psychic abilities. The family gave him a totally private education. Agatha learned to read at age 4 and became a voracious reader. She was a withdrawn and lonely girl, who preferred intellectual activity.
Agatha Christie said in one of her autobiographies that her childhood ended at age 11, when her father died. This represented a big blow to the family, who also began to see their finances compromised. Soon after, he began studying at the local school and then went to study in Paris.
The beginnings in literature
In 1910, Agatha Christie went to spend a season in Cairo, because her mother had health problems and the climate of that city was good for her. In principle, the contact with Egypt did not generate a definitive impact, as it would happen years later.
Upon his return to England, he wrote her first literary pieces. Actually, she did not believe that that was his vocation and he did it more for simple liking. However, she tried to have her writings published, but she did not succeed in doing so.
In those years he met Archibald Christie at a wedding. This was an aviator of the Royal Air Force. The two fell in love and an eventual transfer precipitated a marriage between them. Then, the First World War began and “Archie” was sent to fight France. Meanwhile, Agatha Christie ran as a volunteer nurse.
During her work as a volunteer her first novels were born. These reached a relatively broad resonance back then. In fact, several important newspapers of the world made him complimentary comments.
A strange disappearance
At the end of the war, the Christies settled in London. They had a daughter. However, Archibald asked Agatha Christie for a divorce, having fallen in love with his secretary. This led to a strange episode in the life of the novelist.
Agatha disappeared overnight. Her car was found abandoned in a solitary place. As a result of this, a scandal of almost world scale was generated. The Interior Minister of England, as well as prominent figures and the public began to look for it, without success.
They found her 11 days later, in a small hotel, where she had registered using the name of her husband’s mistress. Apparently, she did not remember anything and did not know how he got there. Many thought it was an episode calculated to leave her ex-husband in the public pillory.
An important legacy
Agatha Christie was in psychiatric and psychological treatment for some time. Her works and her fame continued to grow. At the end of the 20s, she met Max Mallowan, a leading archaeologist with whom he married shortly after. Unlike her first marriage, she was stable and happy until the end of her lifetime.
The contact with the archeology gave a turn to the work of Agatha Christie. Her works began to show an inclination towards the subject of Egyptology and archaeological excavations, which was an excellent contribution. Thus she arrived at the consecration. In 1974, she was named “Lady Commendatore” by Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Agatha Christie died at age 85 due to natural causes. She was survived by his only daughter and a grandson who became the owner of the rights to his works. These have been taken to the movies, to television and to the theater. The new generations continue reading this magnificent writer.