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Agatha Christie contributed many things to the mystery writing world. She was an inspiration to a lot of people, young and old. Agatha Christie wrote mystery novels, the main characters varying in each, from a detective couple to a French sleuth. Agatha got her inspiration from the world, and all of it. When she walked down the street, ideas would spring to her brain from simply looking at corner shops, telephone posts or people. Nature was her mentor, and as she observed it more the ideas flowed to her like a waterfall, inspiring many stories such as The Secret Adversary and Murder on the Links. Though the earth and its beauty was a big factor in her author status, she also used a lot of knowledge she received in college while studying to be a pharmacist, which is where the idea of using poisons in her stories came from. Her use of poison was so well described in her books; she received the Pharmaceutical Journal award.
Though she was an extraordinary author, Agatha Christie had many hardships in her life. When she was born, her mother decided that her older sister Madge would go to school and Agatha would not. Even so, her mother wanted to teach her to read at the age of eight but she had already taught herself when she was five years old. When she became successful with her writing, and she had a lot of books published, her mother died on the 5th of August, 1926. Her husband of twelve years just added to the pain and left Agatha for another woman. Day by day, she slowly mended her life together once more, and wrote more stories. Writing and her daughter were her sole comfort until she met Max Mallowan while she was visiting Baghdad for her second time. Agatha received a telegram in her inn room saying her daughter, Rosalind, was seriously sick at home. Agatha tried to get on the train to help her, which is where she met Max. They married shortly after when they travelled back to Rosalind, and Max helped her to write her books once more, giving information to her about weapons and about the war, because he worked in the military. She used this knowledge in some of her mystery books.
Article posted April 17, 2012 at 09:53 AM •
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