It's said that none of the British writers of our age enjoyed
such popularity all over the world as Agatha Christie did. Her
works were translated into many languages, and scores of
films were made using them as the script.
The name of Agatha Christie is a synonym for high-class
detective story, as well as Pele is a symbol of football, and
Marilyn Monroe is an embodiment of femininity.
According to Agatha Christie herself, she began to write
just to imitate her sister whose stories had already been
published in magazines. And suddenly Agatha Christie became
famous as if by miracle.
Having lost her father at an early age, the prospective
writer didn't receive even fairly good education. During
the First World War she was a nurse, then she studied
pharmacology. Twenty years later she worked in a military
hospital at the beginning of the Second World War.
The favourite personages of the "queen of detective story"
are the detective Hercules Poirot and the sedate Miss Marple
who carry out investigations in noisy London and delusive
The composition of her stories is very simple: a comparatively
closed space with a limited number of characters, who are
often plane or train passengers, tourists, hotel guests or residents
of a cosy old village. Everyone is suspected!
Murders in the books of Agatha Christie are committed in
most unsuitable places: in the vicar's garden or in an old
abbey; corpses are found in someone's libraries being murdered
with the help of tropical fishes, a poker, candelabra, a dagger
Once Agatha Christie wrote: "Some ten years will pass
after my death, and nobody will even remember me...". The
writer was mistaken. Agatha Christie's novels are very
popular now. People of all continents read and reread "The
Oriental Express", "Ten Little Negroes", "The Bertram Hotel",
"The Corpse in the library" and other of her novels time and
again, enjoy films made by her works, and one can hardly find
a country where people do not know her name.
1. Why did Agatha Christie begin to write?
2. The prospective writer didn't receive education, did
3. What are the favourite personages of Agatha Christie?
4. Is the composition of Agatha Christie stories simple?
5. Name the best of her published works.