Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller popularly known as Agatha Christie was born on 15 September 1890 at Torquay, Devon, South West England. She was home schooled largely by her father, an American. Her mother, Clara was an excellent storyteller, did not want her to learn to read until she was eight but Agatha, bored and as the only child at home taught herself to read by the age of five.
Christie’s writing career began during the war after she was challenged by her sister to write a detective story to which she answered with The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which was turned down by two publishers before it was eventually published in 1920. She merged as a topselling English detective novelist and playwright whose have been translated into some 100 languages.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), introduced Hercule Poirot, her eccentric and egotistic Belgian detective; Poirot reappeared in about 25 novels and many short stories before returning to Styles, where, in Curtain (1975), he died. She also wrote romantic nondetective novels, such as Absent in the Spring (1944), under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. She passed away on January 12, 1976. Her Autobiography (1977) appeared posthumously.