Agatha Christie's "The Murder Of Roger Ackoryd"

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Agatha Christie (full name Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller) was born in Torquay, England on September fifth, 1890. Agatha's father's name was Fredrick Miller, he was an American, and her mother's name was Clarissa 'Clara' Miller. Agatha had an older brother named Monty and an older sister, Margret. Margret received a formal education while Clara decided against that path for Agatha. Agatha taught herself to read at five years of age and the rest of her education came from governesses, tutors, and French finishing schools. While in school Agatha developed a passion for singing, along with her writing, but never perused it as a career. At an early age Agatha demonstrated her creativity by acting out stories for fun. At age eleven Agatha's father died which brought her even closer to the already close relationship she had with her mother. After her father died, her mother took up traveling and would take Agatha along with her. Agatha developed a love for traveling and continued to do so as she grew older. In the year of 1912 Agatha met a young man named Archie Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. After a two-year romance, Agatha and Archie were married on Christmas Eve in 1914. Shortly after their marriage Archie was sent off to fight in World War I. During that time Agatha did her part in the war by becoming a nurse for the Voluntary Aid Detachment of the Red Cross Hospital in Torquay. Agatha and Archie had one daughter, Rosalind, who was born in 1919. In 1920 Agatha’s writing career began with her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published. The book received good reviews and because she was so descriptive with the poison it got a review in the Pharmaceutical Journal. Agatha’s writing career span for over fifty years and the only reason it began was because Margret challenged Agatha to write a detective story that she could not guess the ending to. The book that placed her on the map was The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. This book outraged many detective writers in the Detection Club. The club had a practically sacred set of rules and most of it’s members claimed that Agatha had broken them. Ernest Dudley said “What she did was unethical. It’s a damned awful cheat.” (The Mystery of Agatha Christie, 57.) , but no matter what the ethics of the book it got her enough publicity to move her to the top of detective writers (The Mystery of Agatha Christie, 58). In 1926 Agatha’s world turned grey. First, Agatha’s mother died, which upset her greatly, and secondly, her husband, Archie, was having an affair with a girl named Nancy Neele, which sent Agatha into a depression. According to Gwen Robyns who wrote The Mystery of Agatha Christie, on December third, 1926, a Friday, Agatha went out and never came back. Agatha’s car was found off the road and abandoned with her belongings left inside. For ten days Agatha had completely disappeared. On the eleventh day of Agatha missing a band member at the Harrogate Hydropathic Hotel recognized the...

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