“….THE WORLD IS ALREADY PARTIAL TO DETECTIVE FICTION
AND HAS BEEN FOR SOME TIME.
HAMLET COULD CERTAINLY QUALIFY AS A DETECTIVE DRAMA….”
English mystery writer; creator of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.
Typewritten Letter Signed, Agatha Mallowan, one page, octavo, Churston Ferrers, near Brixham, South Devon, June 12, 1972. To Dear Mrs. Frink.
“As I will have written 82 books on my 82nd birthday this year and they have been translated into over 80 languages which seems a pretty good average it would seem that the world is already partial to detective fiction, and has been for some time. Hamlet could certainly qualify as a detective drama, and if you go back to Holy Writ perhaps Judith and Holofernes in the apocrypha and Susanna and the Elders, and Daniel’s adventures with the snake had also a good deal of thriller value. I am sorry I cannot promise an interview of any kind. I never give interviews except by special demand of my publishers. I wish you best luck to your thesis….”
Agatha Christie, who died in 1976, actually wrote 80 mystery novels and story collections, fourteen plays, six romantic novels under the name of Mary Westmacott, and four other books. Her last novel, Sleeping Murder appeared after her death. Her books have sold over 100,000,000 copies. The name Mallowan is that of her second husband, an archaeologist, whom she met while traveling in the Middle East and married in 1930. She was divorced from her first husband Archie Christie in 1928.
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