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Agatha Christie

  1. 1. Agatha Christie
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Life story </li></ul><ul><li>Creation </li></ul><ul><li>Hercule Poirot </li></ul><ul><li>Miss Jane Marple </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Agatha Christie was an British crime writer </li></ul><ul><li>15. september 1890 – 12. january 1976 </li></ul><ul><li>She is remembered for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections (Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple) </li></ul><ul><li>Pen name – Mary Westmacott </li></ul><ul><li>She is considered the most important and innovative writer in the detective genre </li></ul>
  4. 4. Agatha Christie
  5. 5. Lifestory <ul><li>She was born in England, maiden name Agatha May Clarissa Miller </li></ul><ul><li>Educated by her mother, learned how to read on her own </li></ul><ul><li>During World War I, she worked as a Red Cross nurse </li></ul><ul><li>Married to Archibald Christie in 1914, they had one daughter but they devorced shortly </li></ul><ul><li>Met Max Mallowan and lived happily together for 46 years </li></ul>
  6. 6. Lifestory <ul><li>To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1956 </li></ul><ul><li>In 1957 she became the President of the Detection Club </li></ul><ul><li>From 1971 to 1974, Christie's health began to fail </li></ul><ul><li>She died at the age of 85, buried in the yard of St Mary's, Cholsey </li></ul><ul><li>An autobiography of Agatha Christie was published in 1977 </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Agatha Christie with Max Mallowan </li></ul>
  8. 8. Creation <ul><li>First novel – „The Mysterious Affair at Styles“ was published in 1920. The book included the character Hercule Poirot </li></ul><ul><li>The other well-known character Miss Marple was introduced in „The Tuesday Night Club“ in 1927 </li></ul><ul><li>During the Second World War she wrote two novels - „Curtain“ and „Sleeping Murder“ </li></ul><ul><li>Several of her works were made into successful feature films, the most notable being „Murder on the Orient Express“ (1974) </li></ul><ul><li>Her work has been translated into more than a hundred languages </li></ul>
  9. 9. Creation <ul><li>In all, she wrote over 66 novels, numerous short stories and screenplays, and a series of romantic novels </li></ul><ul><li>Her books have sold about 4 billion copyes </li></ul><ul><li>Signature </li></ul>
  10. 10. Creation
  11. 11. Hercule Poirot <ul><li>It's Agatha Christie's best known character </li></ul><ul><li>Poirot is a very neat and orderly man, and he has a habit of straightening things. In solving a case, Poirot prefers not to hunt around on his knees Sherlock Holmes-style, but rather, to sit and use his &quot;little gray cells.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Hercule Poirot is appearing in 33 novels and 51 short stories </li></ul><ul><li>By 1930, Agatha Christie found Poirot &quot;insufferable&quot;, and by 1960 she felt that he was a &quot;detestable, tiresome, ego-centric little creep&quot;. Yet the public loved him, and Christie refused to kill him off, claiming that it was her duty to produce what the public liked. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Hercule Poirot <ul><li>In the novels, Poirot was described as a short man, with an egg-shaped head and a big black mustache. He was extremly neat- he's friend captain Hastings said that a peck of dust on Poirot's shit would've worried him more than a bulletwound </li></ul><ul><li>David Suchet as Hercule Poirot </li></ul>
  13. 13. Miss Jane Marple <ul><li>Fictional character who appears in 12 of Agatha Christie's crime novels and in 20 short stories </li></ul><ul><li>Miss Marple is based on Christie's grandmother </li></ul><ul><li>She is an elderly woman who lives in the village of St. Mary Mead and acts as an amateur but skillful detective </li></ul><ul><li>Jane Marple in the first Miss Marple book, „The Murder at the Vicarage“, is different from how she appears in later books. This early version of Miss Marple is a gleeful gossip and not an especially nice woman. In later books she becomes more modern and a kinder person. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Miss Jane Marple <ul><li>Although she looks like a sweet, frail old woman, Miss Marple is not afraid of dead bodies and is not easily intimidated </li></ul><ul><li>Joan Hickson as Miss Marple </li></ul>