Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Mystery of the Missing Mystery Novelist

The Writer’s Almanac reminds us that
It was on this day in 1926 that the mystery novelist Agatha Christie disappeared from her home in Berkshire, England. Her abandoned car was found in a chalk pit seven miles from her house. The whole country was fascinated, and the story got lots of media attention. Police and ordinary citizens alike organized huge search parties.

Then, 11 days later, Agatha Christie was found in a luxury hotel. She was staying under a different name, and she claimed that she couldn’t remember a thing. It had been a hard year for Christie--her mother had died, and her husband had left her for his young mistress. To this day, no one knows if she had legitimate amnesia, or if it was a publicity stunt to raise book sales, or a way to publicly expose her husband's infidelity. But all the media attention made her even more famous, and she ended up as one of the best-selling authors of all time.
Read more about Christie’s vanishing act here and here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow that's one smart lady! good for her; i hope her ex didn't get any of the revenue.