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The Life of Agatha Christie
By Jennifer Kenny
1 Can you name someone famous who was born on September 15, 1890? If you are a good detective, you might be able to figure it out. That's the birth date of perhaps the world's best known mystery author - Agatha Christie.
2 Agatha was born to Frederick Alvah Miller and Clarissa Miller in Torquay, England. Her father passed away when she was only a child. Agatha was educated at home until she was sixteen years old. Part of her education at home included her mother's encouragement to write even when Agatha was little. That effort certainly paid off.
3 When Agatha reached the age of sixteen, she was sent to school in Paris. There she focused her studies on singing and piano. Agatha was actually an accomplished pianist. However, she was very shy and suffered from stage fright. Therefore, there appeared to be no career for her in music.
4 In 1914, Agatha married Colonel Archibald Christie. He was an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. Their daughter, Rosalind, was born in 1919.
5 In 1920, Agatha's first novel was published. It was called The Mysterious Affair at Styles. In this book, she introduced her most famous character, Hercule Poirot. He was the eccentric Belgian detective that was present in thirty-three of her novels. As a tribute to this book, Agatha and her husband actually bought a house and named it Styles.
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