Agatha Christie or Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie with her full name is one of the most famous novelists in the world history. She is mostly known with crime writer but she also wrote plays and short stories. She preferred to write short stories as collections. Novels of her sold over four billion copies. Her books are translated over 100 languages and they became most published books after The Bible and William Shakespeare. She wrote lots of popular books but the most popular one is probably “And Then There Were None” with over 100 million sell. How many books Agatha Christie wrote?
Agatha Christie wrote 66 detective novels. She has also 15 short story collection and plays. She worked on Voluntary Aid Detachment in her early ages and this organization inspired all her books. She released her first novel “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” in 1920. She became a popular novelist in a short period. After she quarreled with her first husband, she disappeared and all her fans searched her in hotels and various places. It was a turning point for Agatha Christie. Then she married to an archeologist and their adventures inspired novels. She wrote famous novels like Murder in Mesopotamia, Appointment with Death, Death on the Nile and They Came to Baghdad in this travels.
She created lots of fictional popular detectives like Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings and Inspector Japp. Her most famous book “And Then There Were None” released in 1939. There were some controversies about name and book is also known as “Ten Little Niggers” and “Ten Little Indians”. Book is released from Collins Crime Club in 1939. Book’s fiction was revolutionary. Characters of book like “Tony” Marston, Emily Caroline Brent and Mrs Ethel Rogers then took lots of deep researches.
Her other famous novel is “Murder on the Orient Express”. Book was released in 1934 and also known as “Murder in the Calais Coach”. The technique and solution way of Agatha Christie in the book was the announcer of “Ten Little Indians”. It was also an important book because it was nearly the first time a European writer were using symbols from East so differently.
After lots of crime novels, Agatha Christie wrote “They Came to Baghdad” in 1951. It was the first time Christie was changing her tongue from crime to spy drama and action. Also her “Defarge” was a Charles Dickens reference and it was giving a viewpoint about next books of Agatha Christie.
In 1953 Christie again released a different style of work. “A Pocket Full of Rye” was also a book of mystery but it was also containing hard critics about upper and lower classes of her nation. After book released, lots of publishers put it on different categories but then novel’s type is accepted as “Comedy novel”.
In 1961, Agatha Christie wrote her other popular novel “The Clocks”. It was “The Cold War” time and there were some inspirations of this situation on Christie’s ideas and writings. Christie’s fictional detective Hercule Poirot was choosing the crimes without going to crime area or talking to people. But Christie was not using the classical technique of first-person narrative. “The Clocks” has the signs of Christie’s return to first-person narrative. Also there are some references to political movements.
Agatha Christie also wrote poems and religious books. Her “Star Over Bethlehem” was about Christianity themed poems and short stories. She also wrote romantic novels under a penname. Books like “Giant’s Bread”, “The Rose and the Yew Tree” and “The Burden” took good critics. Also she released poems as “Poems” in 1973.