read than any other work except the Bible. She has been translated into many languages, and created two of the best known fictional detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Her play "The Mousetrap" is still breaking performance
She was married twice, but since she retained the name
Christie for her writing, Agatha Christie's first husband Archibald Christie is probably the first one we think of rather than her second husband, Max Mallowan. Yet her marriage to Christie lasted twelve years ending unhappily while her marriage to Mallowan lasted 46 years.
Agatha married Archie Christie in 1914 and had one child
Rosalind with him.
The biggest mystery in her life centered around her disappearance for a period of time in 1926. After a quarrel with her husband who had taken a mistress and was asking
for a divorce, she left home saying she was going to Yorkshire. Then she simply vanished. When search
parties, police , and volunteers were unable to find her, only her deserted car, many felt she was probably dead. Agatha finally surfaced ten days later in a spa at Harrogate. She appeared to be in a fugue state brought on by her reaction to the death of her mother and the anticipated breakup of her marriage. She never talked about the event or
tried to explain it even in her autobiography.
In 1930 she met Max Mallowan while visiting friends Sir Leonard and Katherine Woolley on an archeological dig at Ur. Max was an archaeologist some years younger than she was but they became friends quickly when he was ordered by Katherine Woolley to take her to see the sights. He visited her in England at the close of the season and proposed. She declined at first mainly due to the thirteen year difference in age. She eventually agreed and they were married a mere six months after they had first met.
He reportedly said he knew she would make an excellent
wife for him when they ran into difficulties on her tour.
With a car stuck in the sand in the extreme heat in the middle of nowhere, she accepted the situation calmly. "No fuss," Agatha quotes him in her autobiography, "You didn't complain or say it was my fault. It was at that moment I began to think you were wonderful."
Agatha once said the good thing about being married to an
archaeologist was the older you got the more interested he
Agatha travelled with her husband on his archaeological
trips, helping with photography and recording and setting up a writing area for herself. She had always been interested in the subject of archaeology and became quite knowledgeable in the field of pottery. Max left the dig at Ur and followed
his own interest to Ninevah and Nimrud. Agatha often used the theme of archaeology in her mysteries. She also wrote a book, "Come Tell Me How You Live" about her time at
Agatha and Max were both knighted for their work in their
individual fields. He received a knighthood in 1968 and three years later she was created a Dame of the British Empire.
Their 46 year marriage seems to have been a happy one,
although there are reports he had a affair with fellow archaeologist Barbara Parker whom he married a year after Agatha's death. He says in his biography Agatha's death left him with a feeling of emptiness after 46 wonderful years of
marriage. He died two yeas later.
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