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Agatha Christie: A Biography Hardcover – September 27, 1984


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1ST edition (September 27, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002163306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002163309
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,446,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Janet Morgan --This text refers to the Print on Demand (Paperback) edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karina A. Suarez VINE VOICE on March 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Agatha Christie's life was a mystery all by itself. She loathed publicity and got nervous if asked to speak in public. She didn't like talking about her life either. In writing this book, Janet Morgan has had the privilege to consult the most private sources in reference to Christie's life and friends. The result is an extremely thorough biography, mostly written with quotes from Agatha Christie's own papers and letters. It is an entertaining book and a joy to read, although sometimes extensive. I would reccommend this book to anyone interested in having a wholesome picture of the life of A.C.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aimee Thor on April 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a devoted fan of Agatha Christie's novels I can honestly declare that this biography is as entertaining as anything from Agatha's imagination. She led a rich life full of surprises. She experienced the loss of her father at the age of 11 and this really impacted her writing. The author does a marvelous job of taking us into Agatha's world and social times. There is a real flow and gentle rhythm to this masterful work. I found this book asy-to-read but hard to put down. A truly delicious, first rate biography for sure!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dearjanemarple on May 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I recently read Janet Morgan's biography of Agatha Christie. I take umbrage with her sophomoric critical judgements of Agatha's writing. Consider the following passage: The feelings and beliefs Agatha revealed through her writing, if only there, were genuine and strongly held. That, as well as the fact that her work dealt with familiar, universal themes, accounts for the success of her books and plays. Their style is not graceful or magical, their characters are stereotypes, the plots often implausible, but her work is sincere and, for all its contrivance, spontaneous. (Chapter 18, pg. 250). I suppose one almost has to expect such dismissive arrogance when a mediocrity tries to explain a genius. The name "Janet Morgan" will, in the end, simply be remembered as someone who wrote about the great Agatha Christie, a woman whose name will be universally celebrated for ages to come. Although, I suspect people may, in future generations, if not now, read Janet Morgan's prose and say to themselves,"Her style is not graceful, but I guess her work is sincere, for all her contrivance". They might also think to themselves that any hackneyed writer worth his or her salt could write a decent biography if named the official biographer and been given access to journals, papers, and interviews with almost all of her living friends and relatives. Sorry Janet ... just not a fan!

P . S . Christopher Hitchen's wrote an excellent review of Janet's biography of Edwina Mountbatten (look it up).
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dearjanemarple on May 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I recently read Janet Morgan's biography of Agatha Christie. I take umbrage with her sophomoric critical judgements of Agatha's writing. Consider the following passage:

The feelings and beliefs Agatha revealed through her writing, if only there, were genuine and strongly held. That, as well as the fact that her work dealt with familiar, universal themes, accounts for the success of her books and plays. Their style is not graceful or magical, their characters are stereotypes, the plots often implausible, but her work is sincere and, for all its contrivance, spontaneous. (Chapter 18, pg. 250).

I suppose one almost has to expect such dismissive arrogance when a mediocrity tries to explain a genius. The name "Janet Morgan" will, in the end, simply be remembered as someone who wrote about the great Agatha Christie, a woman whose name will be universally celebrated for ages to come. Although, I suspect people may, in future generations, if not now, read Janet Morgan's prose and say to themselves,"Her style is not graceful, but I guess her work is sincere, for all her contrivance". They might also think to themselves that any hackneyed writer worth his or her salt could write a decent biography if named the official biographer and been given access to journals, papers, and interviews with almost all of her living friends and relatives. Sorry Janet ... just not a fan! Seriously, don't buy this book. Agatha wrote an autobiography. Get that instead!

P . S . Christopher Hitchen's wrote an excellent review of Janet's biography of Edwina Mountbatten (look it up).
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