Noted Authors

May 10, 1998

Agatha Christie

(1890-1976)

Had a conventional late Victorian upbringing and was educated at home by her mother until the age of 16. As an adult she began writing fiction and used many of her own experiences and adventures as the background to novels, such as "Death on the Nile."

She is best known for having created super sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Novels inspired by the two have been made into numerous films and television plays. Although Christie dubbed herself 'the Dutchess of Death," her work exhibits realistic rather than Gothic features: plot construction and moral values are more important to her than sensational effects.

A reader's guide to Twentieth Century writers.

Pub Date: 5/10/98

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