Duchess of Death

Duchess of Death

The Unauthorized Biography of Agatha Christie

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Drawing from over five thousand previously unpublished letters, notes, and documents, a best-selling, award-winning author tells the story of the notoriously private writer, a story that is as filled with romance, travel, wealth, and scandal as any mystery she ever wrote.

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Although she is the most popular novelist in history, with over two billion books sold worldwide, Agatha Christie lived a life shrouded in secrecy and fueled by curiosity. Nearly as notorious for her aversion to the press as she was for her 80 books and collections of short stories, Christie made no secret of her need for privacy. Utilizing over 5,000 previously unpublished letters, notes, and documents, award-winning biographer Richard Hack allows Christie to write again, 33 years after her death. DUCHESS OF DEATH is her story, as full of romance, travel, wealth, and scandal as any mystery Christie ever crafted.

There have been numerous biographies of the Queen of Crime, all of which claim to be definitive. However, DUCHESS OF DEATH is the first to draw from such an enormous number of previously unpublished correspondence and notes, effectively establishing it as the most authoritative, penetrating look at the personal and literary life of Christie.
 


Although she is the most popular novelist in history, with over two billion books sold worldwide, Agatha Christie lived a life shrouded in secrecy and fueled by curiosity. Nearly as notorious for her aversion to the press as she was for her 80 books and collections of short stories, Christie made no secret of her need for privacy. Utilizing over 5,000 previously unpublished letters, notes, and documents, award-winning biographer Richard Hack allows Christie to write again, 33 years after her death. Duchess of Death is her story, as full of romance, travel, wealth, and scandal as any mystery Christie ever crafted, and revealed in a style equal to her most famous detective, Hercule Poirot.

Baker
& Taylor

Draws from over five thousand previously unpublished letters, notes, and documents to reveal the personal and literary life of the notoriously private writer.
Utilizing over 5,000 previously unpublished letters, notes, and documents, the author tells how Christie's life was "as full of romance, travel, wealth, and scandal as any mystery Christie ever crafted." -- from publisher description.

Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Phoenix Books, c2009
ISBN: 9781597776202
1597776203
Branch Call Number: BIO Christie HAC
Characteristics: xxxiii, 284 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.

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May 14, 2017

This autobiography is thorough - to the point of exhaustion. It's interesting to see inside Christie's life, and to understand what made her tick - and this book certainly let's the reader do that. But there is too much inconsequential detail that really adds nothing to the account.

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