Agatha Christie is undoubtedly one of the most influential crime novelists of all time. Although detective novels were already popular, her books soon became the gold standard thanks to their constant suspense, innovative concepts and the public’s fondness for her best-known detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. In just 50 minutes, you will learn how Christie created such a winning formula for crime fiction that it has come to define the genre itself.
This clear and straightforward guide will provide you with a discussion of Christie’s most important works, including Murder on the Orient Express, And Then There Were None and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. It also features a full biography, an introduction to the earlier authors that inspired her and an examination of the influence her writing had on later authors, giving you all the essential information about the queen of detective fiction.
About Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie was born into an upper-middle-class family in the south of England in 1890. She began writing at an early age, and her first novel was published shortly after the end of the First World War, during which she had trained as a hospital auxiliary. This gave her the chance to learn about a number of drugs and poisons which would later feature in her published works. Her fame grew quickly from 1926 onwards, and by the time of her death in 1976, she had become one of Britain’s most prolific and best-loved authors. Today she remains one of the bestselling authors of all time, and is remembered as the writer who redefined the genre of crime fiction as we know it today.
This insightful and accessible 74-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to Agatha Christie
- Social, political and historical context
- A century of global crises and conflicts
- Diverse literary trends and the popularity of crime fiction
- Biography of Agatha Christie
- Rocky beginnings
- Literary success and personal struggles
- Recognition and death
- Characteristics of Christie’s work
- Two major sources of inspiration
- Redefining the conventions of detective fiction
- Notable works
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
- Murder on the Orient Express
- And Then There Were None
- A Murder is Announced
- Christie’s legacy
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