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Agatha Christie's Life
 
In a writing career that spanned more than half a century, Agatha Christie wrote 80 novels and short story collections, and over a dozen plays (including the longest continuously-running play in theatrical history).

Her life was often incorporated into her work-- from her childhood in the English countryside, her World War I experiences, to her archeological expeditions. Discuss Agatha Christie and her Life in Crime here!


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Missy Sweesy - 06:29pm Oct 20, 2004 PST(#448 of 458)
Life has a way of finding you, no matter how artistic a sneak you are.---Keeper proverb---Thief: The Dark Project.

Welcome to the site Jo. We're all very avid fans around here :-)

I think the last time I counted, it was 108, which includes the Westmacotts, Poetry, Collections, and Mallowans.

Jo, if you'd like a list of everything, I could email it to you. Please let me know.


dp - 02:46pm May 25, 2005 PST(#449 of 458)

I'm quite a fan a live TV theatre from America's golden age--the 1950's. Recently I saw a teleplay of "Ten Little Indians" starring Nina Foch and produced by NBC. It would have been dated in the late 50's or early 60's. It was interesting that the original live commercials--for Rexall Drugs--remained intact as part of the production.

Is anyone familiar with this piece? The "Indians" portrayed on the mantle were not American, but Asian. Is there a reason for that when the original title was changed? Is this title also pejoritive? If so, is that why it's also called "And Then There Were None"?

Thank you,

diane


Mark B - 05:13am May 26, 2005 PST(#450 of 458)

Diane,

I have a video of the presentation you mention. The primary thing I remember about it is that it is just under an hour long, so toward the end, people are being killed off at an almost comical rate.

The original title of the play was Ten Little Niggers, a quite obviously perjorative term, even then. It was based on a nursery rhyme using that term in assuredly less enlightened time. Changing it to Ten Little Indians was deemed somewhat less offensive though not entirely. And Then There Were None was selected to be even better, though the figurines and the poem still referred to Indians.

"Ten Little Native-Americans" is probably not in the cards for the future, and is difficult to use in the rhyme. (Tee-Hee)


Michelle Christie - 12:17pm Jan 20, 2006 PST(#451 of 458)

Does any one remember the name of the hotel that Agatha was found at??? I can't for the life of me remember!


Missy Sweesy - 06:34pm Jan 20, 2006 PST(#452 of 458)
Life has a way of finding you, no matter how artistic a sneak you are.---Keeper proverb---Thief: The Dark Project.

I can't remember the name of the hotel, but it was in Harrowgate.


Rik Shepherd - 03:50am Jan 21, 2006 PST(#453 of 458)
Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise (Margaret Atwood)

She was found at the Hydropathic Hotel in Harrogate.

The Hydropathic changed its name to the Old Swan, and is hosting this year's Harrogate Crime Writing Festival.


Missy Sweesy - 01:30pm Jan 22, 2006 PST(#454 of 458)
Life has a way of finding you, no matter how artistic a sneak you are.---Keeper proverb---Thief: The Dark Project.

Thanks Rik, and I haven't seen you here in a while! How are you?


Allie Chrissy - 07:11am Mar 11, 2006 PST(#455 of 458)

Hi, i am looking for some good biographies, on-line or off, about Agatha Christie. Know any good links or books?


Allie Chrissy - 07:19am Mar 11, 2006 PST(#456 of 458)

doing some research npow and i was wondering if any1 knew why Agatha kept her first husbands last name even thoguh they divorced?


DeeGee - 06:20am Mar 12, 2006 PST(#457 of 458)
A birth certificate shows you were born. A death certificate shows you have died. A photo album shows you have lived.

Agatha Christies Autobiography is available. If you want to read the actual thing, I could suggest that you tried your local used book stores, amazon or even ebay.

As for the name thing, you have to remember that at the time Agatha and her husband divorced, it was considered the norm to keep the married name.

How much consideration actually went in to whether she should alter her extremely well known name because of a divorce is I think, only going to be known by herself.


Missy Sweesy - 06:46pm Mar 26, 2006 PST(#458 of 458)
Life has a way of finding you, no matter how artistic a sneak you are.---Keeper proverb---Thief: The Dark Project.

She was already published by that time, so I think it was a big deal then. Her publishers probably didn't want her changing it, at least for the mysteries.

She did publish a few of the more romantic stories under Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Janet Morgan did an excellent biography, look for it too.

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