Respect for the Classics – Women who made history in literature: Agatha Christie

Last September 15 was Agatha Christie’s birthday, and if she lived she would be turning 130. That’s why Livr(a) today honors this writer who has conquered millions of fans around the world, and earned the nickname Lady of Crime.

Author of over 80 books, Agatha Christie continues to conquer readers even after almost a century. The author gave life to detective Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, among many others. Her detective, Miss Marple, even draws attention for not being like a traditional detective, but an older woman, with an incredible ability to read human nature. A lot of innovation also in this iconical character of Agatha Christie’s work.

Despite being better known for her detective novels, Agatha Christie was a very versatile writer. She published six romance novels, two poetry books, one children’s book, two autobiographies, and was even a playwright. But imagine that! Over 80 books published! What a woman!

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Her work has been adapted for television and cinema. One of the most recent films, and one that has been very successful, is Murder in the Orient Express, with one of the greatest directors and actors of our time, Kenneth Charles Branagh. More films are being produced, and if we are lucky, we will be able to enjoy more Kenneth and more Agatha Christie adaptations. Let’s wait!

Curiosities about Agatha Christie: The British author is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s best-selling author, with over 4 billion copies in 130 languages. Incredible, isn’t it? All our respect for the Lady of Crime.

She is also in the Guinness Book of Records for having the biggest book ever published. It is a rare book, with all the works of Miss Marple. The book has 4032 pages, and nowadays it costs a fortune!

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