Sunday, April 11, 2010

Agatha Christie

Source: wikipedia, Agatha_Christie

Dame Agatha Christie DBE (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), was  an English crime  writer of novels, short stories and plays. She also wrote romances  under the name Mary Westmacott, but is best remembered for her  80 detective novels and her successful West End theatre plays. Her works, particularly those  featuring detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, have given her the  title the 'Queen of Crime' and made her one of the most important and  innovative writers in the development of the genre.

Christie has been referred to by the Guinness Book of World Records as  the best-selling writer of books of all time and the best-selling  writer of any kind, along with William Shakespeare. Only the Bible is  known to have outsold her collected sales of roughly four billion copies of  novels.UNESCO states that she is currently the most  translated individual author in the world with only the collective  corporate works of Walt Disney Productions  surpassing her. Christie's books have been translated into at least 56 languages.


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