English Short Fiction L3
21 December 2012
Duchess of Death, Queen of Crime, Master of Murder
The most sold fiction author is not William Shakespeare, not Edgar Allen Poe, nor is it J.K. Rowling. Agatha Christie is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Best Selling Fiction Author of All-Time” in 2007. As an author, she also holds a place in being called the “second best-selling author of all time” and “the second most translated book” only behind William Shakespeare and The Bible, respectively. Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England on September 15, 1890. She lived a relatively isolated childhood, being homeschooled by her mother, Clarissa Boehmer, and her father, Fredrick Alvah Miller, before his passing in1900 when Agatha was just 10. Without her siblings, Madge and Monty, who lived in boarding school, Agatha was forced to play with her imaginary friends. Her imagination was so impeccable at such a young age, that it was obvious that she was going to be a creative, literary genius. Agatha’s life path was set so that it would be her “destiny” to become a legend in the murder mystery genre. The body of work that Agatha developed over her lifetime was impressive, to say the least. “Christie enjoyed a career that spanned over fifty years and her works have now sold into the billions.”(http://www.online-literature.com/agatha_christie/) Her murder mystery, in particular spanned over many forms of media, from over 80 novels, to short stories, to series of books, to plays, to radio broadcasts, and even to films. She lived in a difficult reality, but was able to manipulate life for her own well-being, at the same time. Her stories were not finished when she was deceased on December 1, 1976, but they have been immortalized in time, never ceasing to amaze and entertain a reader. She solidified the movement of The Golden Age of Detective Fiction that was started by her main influences. Agatha Christie...
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