Agatha Christie, ‘The Queen of Crime’, Wears the Greatest Literary Crown!
Dame Agatha Christie (15th September 1890 – 12th January 1976) was an English crime novelist and playwright.
In 2010, she was given the title of ‘The Queen of Crime’ by a leading newspaper The New Yorker. The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) of professional novelists voted Agatha Christie as the Best Crime Writer in 2013. Apart from that, her book The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) was voted as the best whodunit crime novel.
Moreover, an estimated 2 billion copies of her books have been sold, which include 78 crime novels, 150 short stories, 4 non- fiction books and 19 plays.
This makes Christie the best – selling novelist of all time.
Agatha Christie is also the most translated author of all time. According to Index Translationum, her books have been translated 7233 times in over 103 different languages, including Hindi!
Her play ‘The Mousetrap’ is also the longest-running play in the world. The play’s 25000th performance took place on 18th November 2012, after a successful run of 60 years.
With so many feathers in the cap, Christie remains The Queen Of Crime even today! Her short stories, novels, and autobiographies are well-loved by people all over the world. Thrilling cozy mysteries, appropriate English characters, and well-knit plots- Christie was indeed a mastermind in creating an ambiance of suspense and uncertainty.
Christie’s detectives- Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, are admired across the globe. ITV aired a mystery drama series on Poirot’s cases from 1989-2013, which amounts to a total of 24 years!
There is even an international festival in Christie’s name that celebrates the life and works of this brilliant author! Named The International Agatha Christie Festival takes place at various locations, such as Torquay, Devon, Dorre Abbey, and The King’s Drive, from 13th-17th September, every year. Well, isn’t this purely amazing?!
Take a bow, Queen Christie!