Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Agatha Christie
What can we say about Agatha Christie? The Guinness Book of World Records lists her as the best selling fiction writer of all time. As a writer, it seems only The Bible and William Shakespeare are considered to have sold more than Dame Agatha.
I don’t remember just which of her books I first read. I’m fairly certain I picked it up at my grandmother’s as she loved reading Christie’s mystery and detective books. I’m guessing it was something like And Then There Were None. I know that was one of the early reads and though I’m not finding a direct reference, I think there was a television adaptation using the title Ten Little Indians.
I know I have read most of the Hercule Poirot stories (as he used “the little grey cells”) as well as most of the Miss Marple stories. I know my favorite Christie characters are Tommy and Tuppence. Tommy and Tuppence Beresford just seemed as if they were having fun, even amidst the mayhem.
There look to have been 35 films made from Christie stories plus an additional 57 television adaptations. Note: some of the TV and movies both have been used multiple times. There is even a movie that is a fictional account of an 11 day period in 1926 where Christie disappeared and was missing (during a time she was breaking up with her first husband.) There have been claims of “solving” the missing days (the why-done-it), I can’t find anything where Christie herself ever fully addressed her disappearance.
Here’s a list of “35 facts” about Agatha Christie.
Not all writers have to offer up deep and profound topics to be influential. Sometimes we just need to have a little fun.
And because I can:
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