Modern English literature

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Questions multiply. Is he seeking publicity, has she joined her lover, is she embarrassing her husband, or has she been murdered? When she is discovered at a Yorkshire hotel, registered under the last name of the woman, Archie now wants to marry, Agatha Christie has nothing to say.

Her biographer gives all the available details but suspends judgement: " There are moments in people's lives on which it is unwise, as well as impertinent, for an outsider to speculate, since it is impossible to be certain about what actually took place or how the participants felt about it. " Neither Miss Marple nor Hercule Poirot would accept such an alibi, but truth is messier than the fiction. Whatever may have happened to Christie in 1926, she recovered admirably.

Two years after the divorce, while visiting friends on expedition in Iraq, she met Max Mallowan, an archaeologist nearly 14 years her junior. Eventually he proposed, fretting at the same time that she might find his line of work boring. She reassured him: " I adore corpses and stiffs.

" They lived happily ever after. Morgan is candut about the weakness in her subject's work. Chrisries stories were ingenious but her writing is pedestrian.

She intentionally offered stereotypes instead of rounded characters and grew annoyed when Poirot, her Belgian detective, began to assume a life of his own in the popular imagination. She once privately described him as 'an egocentric creep She constructed puzzles, not literature; she devoted what energies she could spare from a busy life to craft rather than art. To list real liabilities in this manner is, ultimately, to beg a question: why among so talented competitors in a small field, did Agatha triumph?

Responsible biography can suggest but never prave the probable verdict: she was the best at what she chose to do. Agatha Christie is one of the best known and most widely-read writers of all times. Her books have delighted readers over for more than half a century.

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English Literature

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