Agatha Christie


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With more than two billion books sold, Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time, and "Murder on the Orient Express"is one of her most popular novels. The 1934 novel features her internationally renowned detective, Hercule Poirot.

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Agatha Christie

  1. 1. Agatha Christie
  2. 2. The dawn of the modern Age • Free schooling for everyone • New social welfare programs • The cold war had ended • Women were allowed to vote and have jobs
  3. 3. World War 1 • WW1 started in August 1914 • • • • and ended in November 1918 Seven Million died Five Million were injured Some poets started to write One of these poets was Robert Graves…
  4. 4. Robert Graves • Born in 1895 and died in 1985 • Beauty in Trouble Beauty in trouble flees to the good angel On whom she can rely To pay her cab-fare, run a steaming bath, Poultice her bruised eye; Will not at first, whether for shame or caution, Her difficulty disclose; Until he draws a cheque book from his plumage, Asking her how much she owes; (Breakfast in bed: coffee and marmalade, Toast, eggs, orange-juice, After a long, sound sleep - the first since when? - And no word of abuse.) Loves him less only than her saint-like mother, Promises to repay His loans and most seraphic thoughtfulness A million-fold one day. Beauty grows plump, renews her broken courage And, borrowing ink and pen, Writes a news-letter to the evil angel (Her first gay act since when?): The fiend who beats, betrays and sponges on her, Persuades her white is black, Flaunts vespertilian wing and cloven hoof; And soon will fetch her back. Virtue, good angel, is its own reward: Your dollars were well spent. But would you to the marriage of true minds Admit impediment? Robert Graves
  5. 5. A new kind of writing • E.M Foster (1879-1970) • A major influence was the British writer T.S Elliot (1888-1965) • T.S Elliot tried to create a new type of writing. He also wrote poems • A novel by James Joyce brought attention to the new literature • These writers dealt with the affects of the War
  6. 6. Agatha Christie • Her full name was Agatha May Clarissa Miller • She was born 1890 in Devon England • Her parents were Fredrick and Clara Miller • Her Dad died when she was 11
  7. 7. School • She did not attend school until she was sixteen • She attended a school in Paris where she studied music • She looked to music to express herself
  8. 8. Writing • Her mother introduced her to writing • Her mother loved mysteries and was curious about the unknown • Agatha got some of her ideas from these stories • She began to develop her interest…
  9. 9. Married life • She married at the age of 24 • She married a flight pilot named Archibald • • • • Christie They had a child called Rosalind In 1914, Archibald joined WWI Agatha wanted to help the War, so she worked as a nurse in a pharmacy. Working as a nurse inspired her to write
  10. 10. Writing • Most of her books were set during the • • • • War She wrote 80 mystery novels She sold over two billion copies in forty five different languages Only - Shakespeare and the Bible have sold more books. Agatha faced difficulties. Eight publishers refused to help her - so she wrote under a pen name: Nathaniel Miller
  11. 11. Rebirth • Her mother died at the age of seventy-two • Her husband left her • As a result - she disappeared • She remarried in September 1936 and started writing again • She wrote Death on the Nile…
  12. 12. Fame • Her books and plays started to appear on television • In 1950, she became very popular. • Radio and television gave her a lot of fame • Many people started to read her novels.
  13. 13. Autobiography • She wrote it to let people know about her life, the hard times she faced growing up and why she disappeared etc. • She has also wrote a special book that she dedicated to both her husband and her daughter.
  14. 14. Dame of the British Empire • Queen Elizabeth named her Dame of the British Empire in 1971 • She died January 12, 1976 • She was buried in a small Church • Agatha once said “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.”
  15. 15. The end