In memoriam: Agatha Christie
15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
English crime novelist Agatha Christie died on January 12, 1976 at age 85 from natural causes at her Winterbrook House in the north of Cholsey parish, adjoining Wallingford in Oxfordshire (formerly part of Berkshire).
She is buried in the nearby churchyard of St Mary’s, Cholsey. Her gravestoe includes a quotation from Spenser’s Fairie Queen beginning „sleepe after toyle, port after stormie seas.”
Agatha Christie wrote 84 novels, 157 short stories and 19 plays in total.
Over four billion copies of her books have been sold world-wide. Her book sales are surpassed only by The Bible and by William Shakespeare.
She is the all-time best-selling author in France, with over 40 million copies sold in French (as of 2003) against 22 million for Émile Zola, the nearest contender.
Hercule Poirot is the only fictional character to have had an obituary in the New York Times.