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Happy Birthday Agatha Christie!
Agatha Christie’s 120th birthday will be celebrated by fans this coming September 15. I decided to do some research and look up a biography about her using the Library’s research database Literature Resource Center. The source cited on Literature Resource Center for Christie’s biography is Contemporary Literary Criticism Select.
The celebrated detective novelist and playwright was born in Torquay, England in 1890. “The Grand Dame of mysteries” studied piano and voice in Paris before she served as a nurse in World War I. Her first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles in 1920 was written during lulls in her work as a response to a challenge from her sister. It was the beginning of her series with famous character Hercule Poirot. Interestingly, it was rejected by six publishers before it was purchased for twenty-five pounds.
Christie lived a relatively quiet life and produced nearly one hundred mysteries. Her substantial body of works also includes romances, short stories, plays and poems, however. I encourage you to check out our Library catalog for works by Christie and also check out a dedicated website to her http://www.agathachristie.com/. Happy reading!
Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery