Who Was She
Agatha Christie will probably be described in many names by different people. This notion is due to none other than the massive influence she drew in the literary world with her detective books. An author of sixty-six crime novels and fourteen short story collections, Agatha Christie, is one of the most remarkable writers of all time.
Her novels were centred on the characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, who were always at the forefront of her mystery-solving intrigues. She is also credited for writing the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap, which has been performed repeatedly from 1952 until 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic forced the play to be closed down.
In that period, however, The Mousetrap had been performed more than 27000 times. Asides from all these, Christie is also known as the world’s most translated author, surpassing Shakespeare, in the number of translations.
Christie’s rise to fame began with her consumptive attitude towards literature. Against her mother’s wishes, Christie had taught herself to read books by the age of five. Unlike her sister, who was sent to a boarding school to be educated, Christie was homeschooled by her parents and sister.
They were in charge of her learning and taught her the art of music, playing the piano, and the mandolin. She also learned to solve arithmetic, which she was known to have an affinity for, and she mastered reading and writing.
Later on, she would be sent off to Paris for vocal education in different boarding schools. Christie, however, felt that she genuinely lacked the talent and patience to learn music and become a professional. Before then, the year 1902 has seen her at a Girls’ School, where she had difficulty settling into the life of rules and regulations.
In April, Christie wrote her first piece of poetry titled ‘The Cowslip.’ This was before her father’s ill health finally overwhelmed him in November. Christie had been ten at the time. According to her, her father’s death marked the moment she stopped being a child.
As a little girl, Christie indulged in reading Edith Nisbet and Mrs Molesworth. But as she grew older, she engaged herself with Alexandre Dumas, Anthony Hope, Dickens, and Walter Scott.
After Christie completed her education, her mother’s health had begun to fail. They, therefore, decided to go on a winter holiday in the warm Egyptian weather. Here, she watched polo matches, attended social events, and was also present at many dances.
All this time, they lodged at the Gezirah Palace Hotel in Egypt. In contrast to the intensity found in her books, Christie’s visit to Egypt and encounter with ancient Egyptian artefacts were noted not to have had much interest in her future tendency to write works related to Egyptology.
She wrote her first short story at the age of eighteen when she was on a sickbed. From there on, she made several attempts at publishing her first novel and earned a lot of rejections from publishers. While publishers acknowledged her first works to have been good, publishers would not begin to accept her work until much later.