Who was Agatha Christie and how many books did she write? – The Sun

SHE is of the most famous detective writers ever and has written some of the world's best-loved whodunnits, but just how extensive was Agatha Christie's writing career?

Here's everything you need to know about the crime novelist.

Who was Agatha Christie?

Agatha Christie was an English writer, best known for her crime, mystery, and thriller novels featuring fictional detectives such as Poirot and Miss Marple.

She was born on September 15, 1890, and died on January 12, 1976.

Her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published in 1920, and her final novel (featuring Miss Marple) was Sleeping Murder, published in the same year as her death in 1976.

She also wrote numerous short stories for journals, magazines, and newspapers, as well as poetry, radio plays, and an autobiography.

Many of her works have been adapted for stage, film, TV, and radio.

For example, her Murder On The Orient Express novel (featuring Poirot), published in 1934, was made into three films – the most recent 2017 movie starring Kenneth Branagh and Penelope Cruz.

How many books did Agatha Christie write?

Agatha Christie wrote:

  • 75 novels
  • 28 collections (including 165 short stories)
  • Three poems
  • 16 plays
  • Seven radio broadcast works
  • Two autobiographies

When did Agatha Christie die?

Christie died peacefully on January 12, 1976.

She was 85 and died from natural causes at her home at Winterbrook House.

After Christie's death a charitable memorial fund was set up in her name to "help two causes that she favoured: old people and young children".

Christie's obituary in The Times stated that "she never cared much for the cinema, or for wireless and television."

They added: "By inclination as well as breeding she belonged to the English upper middle-class. She wrote about, and for, people like herself. That was an essential part of her charm."

Her husband Max Mallowan, who remarried in 1977, died in 1978 and was buried next to his late wife.

Who are Poirot and Miss Marple?

Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple are two of Agatha Christie’s fictional characters (in different stories).

Poirot is a Belgian detective and appeared in 33 novels, one play, and 50 of her short stories.

There have been numerous adaptations of him in TV, film, radio, and on stage, with 23 actors having portrayed him, including Austin Trevor, John Moffatt, and Kenneth Branagh.

Miss Marple is an elderly spinster detective who appeared in 12 novels and 20 short stories, and has also been adapted for stage, screen, and radio.

 

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