Agatha Christie (September 15, 1890 - January 12, 1976)
Born: 15th September, 1890
Died: 12th January, 1976
Nationality: English
Profession/Occupation: Writer
Region: England
Notable works: "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd", "The Mysterious Affair at Styles", "The Mousetrap"

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Agatha Christie, in full Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, nee Miller, (born September 15, 1890, Torquay, Devon, England--died January 12, 1976, Wallingford, Oxfordshire), English detective novelist and playwright whose books have sold more than 100 million copies and have been translated into some 100 languages.

Educated at home by her mother, Christie began writing detective fiction while working as a nurse during World War I. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), introduced Hercule Poirot, her eccentric and egotistic Belgian detective; Poirot reappeared in about 25 novels and many short stories before returning to Styles, where, in Curtain (1975), he died. The elderly spinster Miss Jane Marple, her other principal detective figure, first appeared in Murder at the Vicarage (1930). Christie's first major recognition came with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), which was followed by some 75 novels that usually made best-seller lists and were serialized in popular magazines in England and the United States.

Christie's plays include The Mousetrap (1952), which set a world record for the longest continuous run at one theatre (8,862 performances--more than 21 years--at the Ambassadors Theatre, London) and then moved to another theatre, and Witness for the Prosecution (1953), which, like many of her works, was adapted into a successful film (1957). Other notable film adaptations include Murder on the Orient Express (1933; film 1974 and 2017) and Death on the Nile (1937; film 1978). Her works were also adapted for television.

In 1926 Christie's mother died, and her husband, Colonel Archibald Christie, requested a divorce. In a move she never fully explained, Christie disappeared and, after several highly publicized days, was discovered registered in a hotel under the name of the woman her husband wished to marry. In 1930 Christie married the archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan; thereafter she spent several months each year on expeditions in Iraq and Syria with him. She also wrote romantic nondetective novels, such as Absent in the Spring (1944), under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. Her Autobiography (1977) appeared posthumously. She was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1971.

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Top 33 Agatha Christie quotes

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
Best
Gets
He
Her
Husband
Interested
More
Older
She
Woman
I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Alive
Been
Certainly
Grand
Just
Know
Miserable
Quite
Sometimes
Sorrow
Still
Thing
Through
Wildly
The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves they don't give a damn.
Because
Damn
Failures
Give
Good
Good terms
Happy
Happy people
People
Terms
Themselves
It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.
City
Detective
Detective story
Itself
New
New york
New york city
Ridiculous
Set
Story
York
I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest.
Domestic
Interest
Quiet
Specialize
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Alive
Been
Certainly
Grand
Just
Know
Like
Living
Miserable
Quite
Sometimes
Sorrow
Still
Thing
It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.
Curious
How
How much
Just
Looking
Love
Much
Only
People
Realize
Ridiculous
See
Them
Thought
Too much mercy... often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second.
Been
Crimes
Fatal
First
Further
Had
Innocent
Justice
Mercy
Much
Need
Often
Put
Resulted
I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.
Always
Because
Believed
Believes
Book
Collaborator
Each
Gets
Half
He
Only
People
Royalties
Same
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble.
Also
Arises
Directly
Idleness
In my opinion
Invention
Laziness
Mother
Necessity
Oneself
Opinion
Possibly
Save
Think
Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes - they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.
About
Achieving
Most
Notice
Reassure
Something
Successes
Themselves
Unhappy
Why
Will
World
The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes.
Best
Best time
Book
Dishes
Doing
Plan
Time
While
You
Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.
Anything
Never
Others
You
Yourself
Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
Advisable
Concerned
Large
Large sums
Money
Nobody
Sums
Trust
Where
If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody.
Anybody
Hardly
Principles
See
Sticks
Too
Would
But surely for everything you have to love you have to pay some price.
Everything
Love
Love you
Pay
Price
Some
Surely
To love
You
There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.
Child
Having
I think
More
Nothing
Stranger
Than
Think
Thrilling
World
Yours
Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.
Any
Fool
He
Her
Love
Man
She
Wants
Woman
I married an archaeologist because the older I grow, the more he appreciates me.
Appreciates
Because
Grow
He
Married
Me
More
Older
Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.
Actions
Attitude
Crime
Habits
Methods
Mind
Revealed
Revealing
Soul
Tastes
Terribly
Try
Vary
Will
Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.
Every
Friend
Old
Old friend
Somebody
Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.
Curious
Habits
Had
Knew
Never
People
Them
Themselves
Things
One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.
Important
Important moments
Late
Life
Moments
Really
Recognize
Too
Too late
Until
Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human.
Evil
Human
Less
Something
Superhuman
Than
Very few of us are what we seem.
Few
Seem
Us
Very
Everything that has existed, lingers in the Eternity.
Eternity
Everything
Existed
Lingers
Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.
Advice
Always
Certain
Give
Good
Good advice
Ignored
No reason
Reason
There's too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will.
Attribute
Does
Evils
Free
Free will
God
His
Man
Much
Own
Tendency
Too
Too much
Will
Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.
Away
Corner
Crawl
Dogs
Lick
More
Once
Once more
Quiet
Until
Whole
Wise
World
Wounds
These little grey cells. It is up to them.
Cells
Grey
Little
Them
Up
One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.
Childhood
Happen
Happy
Happy childhood
I think
Life
Luckiest
Things
Think
You
I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then - I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn't, luckily, have to bother about that.
About
Borrowed
Bother
Come
Go
Inevitably
Live
Luckily
Next
Next thing
Now
Then
Thing
Time
The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years.
Accurate
Been
Child
Easily
Forgets
Go
Grip
Has-been
Idea
Impressed
Life
Many
People
Popular

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