Author: Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie (Mary Clarissa) 1890 -1976, writer of detective fiction. Born in Torquay, Devon, of an American father and English mother, she enjoyed a quiet, middle-class childhood that set the keynote for her adult life and personality. Only the much-publicised episode of her temporary disappearance in 1926 offers any encouragement to those wishing to connect the author and her work. The more than 80 books she produced made her beyond doubt the most famous detective novelist of the century. Her first novel, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" (1920), introduced the Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot, whose fictional career extended through many books to "Curtain" (1975). "The Murder at the Vicarage"(1930) introduced the shrewd, gentle Miss Marple, whose fictional career rival Poirot's in length and popularity, ending with "Sleeping Murder" (1976). Other detective heroes (Superintendent Battle, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford) proved less durable. Agatha Christie also wrote light romantic novels as Mary Westmacott. Agatha Christie was made a Dame for her literary services.