I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.
I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find – at the age of fifty, say – that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about…It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.
An Autobiography, 1977
- Born: 15 September 1890
- Birthplace: Torquay, Devon, England
- Died: 12 January 1976 (Natural causes)
- Best Known As: Author of Murder on the Orient Express
Name at birth: Agatha May Clarissa Miller
From the 1920s until the 1970s Agatha Christie was the world’s most popular mystery author. She has sold more than two billion books worldwide. While other mystery authors like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett came and went, Christie continued to turn out gentle stories of murder and detection in polite society, sometimes publishing two or three books in a year. Her two most popular detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, were featured in 30 and 12 novels, respectively. Dozens of Christie’s stories became movies, most notably the star-studded 1974 film Murder on the Orient Express. In 1971 Christie was made a Dame of the British Empire for her contributions to British literature and culture.
Christie’s play The Mousetrap has been running continuously in London’s theater district since its premiere on November 25, 1952. It is now regarded as history’s longest-running play.