English Extension Crime Speech- Agatha Christie

Topics: Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple Pages: 4 (1279 words) Published: November 15, 2012
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on the 15th September in Torquay England, in 1890. From a young age, Christie loved writing stories for her friends and family, her first novel “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” was published in 1920, when Christie was only thirty years old. Christie was of British nationality, and married twice in her lifetime, first to Archibald Christie, then later to Max Mallowan until her death on the 12th January 1976 in Wallingford, England.

Christie accomplished many significant literary achievements in her lifetime, including: * The Mystery Writers of America Grand Master award 1955
* An honorary degree from Exeter University1961
* Became president of The British Detection Club in 1967
* And in 1971 she received England’s highest honor, the Order of the British Empire, Dame Commander.

From her first novel, “The mysterious Affair at Styles” in 1920, her novels increasedin mystery and suspense, introducing two new detectives: Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot, who featured in almost all of her later novels. “Witness for the Prosecution” 1925, “the A.B.C Murders” 1936 and “The Pale Horse” 1961 are just three of Christie’s seventy-nine novels significant in shaping her growing identity as a Crime Fiction author. Many of Christie’s novels were shaped around her own personal experiences. These include “Murder on The Orient Express” 1934 and “Death on The Nile”. Having knowledge of the setting as well as the history of the location where the novel is set adds extensive authenticity to the novel. Christie’s novels were written in the “Golden Age” and were considered “cosy” crime fiction.

Significant events took place before and during Christie’s writing that may have influenced her perception of the crime genre. Specific wars or war-like events such as World War I, World War II, The Korean War and the Civil War in Lebanon may have introduced new ideas into the crime fiction genre. One of Christie’s novels,...
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