Agatha Christie was born on October 4th, 1883 in England, United Kingdom. Agatha Christie was from a wealthy upper-middle-class family, and she is up to date celebrated for her great achievements. She was one of the most celebrated authors of all times and is remembered by many because of her outstanding experience in creating characters as well as her unique stories. Her exceptional writing skills are defined by her bizarre, mysterious, and shocking storylines.
Childhood and Adolescence
In her own words. Christie described her childhood as “very happy.” She believes that the environment she was brought up in defines who came to be. She lived with strong and independent women who surrounded her from her very young age. She was among the very many people who believed that her mother was a psychic and that she had an ability of what they referred as second sight.
British mystery author Agatha Christie (1890-1976) autographing French editions of her books. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Unfortunately, her parents could not afford to pay school fees for both Agatha and her sister so they decided that Agatha should receive a home education. Her parents, therefore, were responsible for teaching her how to write, play piano, and read. She defied the odds and started to read well much earlier than many had anticipated. She was a voracious reader at her early ages and mostly read children books.
Agatha’s Bitter Relationship Experience
Agatha spent much of her childhood isolated from other children and did not have many friends until she was above 12 years. This, according to many analysts is what made it difficult for her to handle her relationships well.
1926: English crime writer Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) and her daughter, Rosalind, (right), are featured in a newspaper article reporting the mysterious disappearance of the novelist. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
First, she was unable to adjust to the school discipline atmosphere when she was sent to receive her formal education at the age of 11. It is this same discipline issues that would later make her first husband divorce her. Archie, her husband, fell in love with other women and asked Christie for a divorced. Agatha quarreled her husband from time to time which made him give up on the marriage and left her. It was after this divorce when she disappeared for 11 days. She later got to her second marriage during her later life with archeologist Max Mallowan whom she lived with till her death.
Christie Survived Rejection by Publishers
What the world does not know is that Agatha Christine did not start as a great writer, but she struggle to achieve her success. She initially worked as a nurse in Devon Hospital during her early ages attending to First World War victims. Initially, she was an unsuccessful writer, and she failed in her first six attempts. She had six rejections since no publisher thought she could meet the standards.
Crowds at King’s Cross Station await the arrival of crime writer Agatha Christie and her husband Colonel Archibald Christie, December 1926. The famous authoress had disappeared for eleven days, only to be discovered in a hotel in Harrogate, claiming to have suffered a nervous breakdown. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
After failing to convince publishers to publish her work, she went to work in a pharmacy during the Second World War. This is where many people believe she acquired her knowledge of poisons which featured in almost all her works. Her first breakthrough came in 1920 when her first work “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” in which she featured Hercule Poirot was published.
Agatha Christie’s Amazing Records
There is so much to talk about Agatha’s achievements considering that she has set very high standards for authors. Up to date, Agatha still holds the Guinness Book of world record for her popularity as well as the undisputed record as the best-selling novelist in history. According to a report released by UNESCO back in 1959, her work had been translated into over 103 languages and sold over two billion copies.
Crime fiction books by British novelist Dame Agatha Christie are on sale at a festival in honor of the 125th anniversary of her birth in Torquay on September 15, 2015. Torquay, the birthplace of British crime writer Agatha Christie is hosting a festival in honor of the distinguished novelists 125th birthday. AFP PHOTO / JACK TAYLOR (Photo credit should read JACK TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)
In a collection that was put together, her entire work weighed over 8kg and held a record for being the thickest book in the world. She also wrote a play-The Mousetrap that has been kept running longer than any other stage play in the world. The play was launched over eight months before the coronation of Elizabeth II.
Awards Received by Agatha Christie
There is so much behind the name Agatha, and she celebrates her success as an author in style because of the many awards that she received during her career. Before her death in 1976, Agatha had received more than ten distinctive awards that any author would dream of and continues to be awarded even after her death.
A porter in ceremonial dress stepping out of an original first-class parlour car, ‘Zena’ from the Orient Express train, built in 1928 and decorated in the Art Deco style, transported to the London Southbank, outside the Royal Festival Hall, for an Agatha Christie weekend in what would have been her 120th year, 18th November 2010 (Photo by Martin Godwin/Getty Images)
Her first recipient came in 1955 when she received the highest honor of the Mystery Writers of America. The same year she received her second notable award Edgar Award following her work Witness for the Prosecution for being the best play awarded by MWA. Crime Writers Association also voted The Murder of Roger Ackroyd as the best crime novel back in 2013.
Agatha’s Love Archeology
Reading through Agatha’s history, you cannot fail to realize her love for archeology. In one of her stories, she mentioned that this was aroused when she went to Egypt after her mother got ill and so they had to seek a comparatively dry climate.
Writer Dame Agatha Christie and her husband Max E. L. Mallowan pose in March 1946 in the ground of their home, Greenway House, in Devonshire. (Photo credit AFP/Getty Images)
It is this same passion or love for archeology that made her marry an archeologist Max Mallowan whom together they globe-trotted until her death. Mallowan owned an expedition site in Iraq, and this is the same place he first met Agatha. In many of her stories, Agatha used settings that depicted her love for archeology.
Agatha Christie’s Greatest Works
The Mysterious Affair at Styles which was published in 1920 made the headlines was one of the greatest works. It is in this book where she introduced detective Hercule Poirot who is a favorite for many and has appeared in more than 33 novels and in almost all her short stories. The Mousetrap which is referred by many as a play that never stops. The play has been performed for more than 25,000 times and is still a favorite for many.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 29: St Martins Theatre in the West End showing Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’, which is the longest running show in the world, is illuminated at night on March 29, 2012, in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Other notable books that continue to trend even today include; Appointment with Death, Dumb Witness, the Unexpected Guest, Murder on the Orient Express, and the Man in the Brown Suit. The list is long but almost all her novels touched on murder cases, and this is the reason at some point she had to take an oath of detective writing. Her list of adult novels as referred by many include Evil Under the sun, The Burden, and The Pale Horse all from which she quotes from the bible. Exemplary works of literature include: The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side, The Moving Figure, and The Rose and the Yew Tree.