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Agatha Christie
Posted by: StephenFryer (---.tcl9.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: August 24, 2003 05:50PM

Soon, I'll be selling my surplus books at a Book Fair and I've been researching values. Checking my first editions by Agatha, I spotted references to her Poetry books. I never knew she wrote poems! And I can't find anything by her. Can you hunters and trackers help please?

[And while we're here, any other mystery writers who are/were poets?]

Stephen


Re: Agatha Christie
Posted by: Tigermonkey (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: August 24, 2003 06:30PM

A bit tenuous, but possibly Dorothy L Sayers in a small way - a quote from the PL FAQs file:

"...'My lady gave me a tiger
A striped and splendid tiger
A sleek and shining tiger
All under the leaves of life'.
Quoted in 'Busman's honeymoon' by Dorothy L Sayers
**************
According to the official DLSayers site www.sayers.org.uk FAQ's:
"One of the prominent features of DLS' writings is her use of quotations, both in the narrative and as chapter headings. If you are having difficulty tracing the origin of one of them, it may be that she made it up herself (we know she did do this on at least one occasion!).
There are others which are genuine quotations or references, but not easy to find.
"All under the leaves, the leaves of life" is a quotation from Quiller Couch's Oxford Book of Ballads, which Sayers would have known and perhaps improvised on. "


Re: Agatha Christie
Posted by: glenda (---.client.comcast.net)
Date: August 24, 2003 09:15PM


[And while we're here, any other mystery writers who are/were poets?]

How about Poe and Hawthorne?


Re: Agatha Christie
Posted by: RJAllen (193.114.111.---)
Date: August 25, 2003 08:32AM

Sayers translated Dante too for Penguin Classics. C Day Lewis wrote crime novels as Nicholas Blake. Kenneth Fearing (author of The Big Clock, best known as a film starring Charles Laughton) wrote fine poems.


Re: Agatha Christie
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: August 25, 2003 11:45AM

So many mystery writers use pen names, there's no telling how many of them also write and publish poetry under different names.


Re: Agatha Christie
Posted by: StephenFryer (---.bbd14tcl.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: August 25, 2003 02:17PM

Thanx guys.
Still no Agatha, huh?
Have I stumped you?

Stephen


Re: Agatha Christie
Posted by: Pam Adams (---)
Date: August 25, 2003 03:50PM

According to this page, she had at least two poetry collections. [www.menziesera.com] Scroll to the bottom for the titles.

pam


Re: Agatha Christie
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: August 25, 2003 06:17PM

Stumped? Never! Just taking a breather...

According to the bio at [ [www.twbooks.co.uk] ] Agatha herself wrote:

"For some years I enjoyed myself very much writing stories of unrelieved gloom where most of the characters died. Also a good deal of poetry and a novel with an impossible number of characters in it. Then I thought it would be fun to try and write a detective story. It was an exciting day when The Mysterious Affair at Styles was accepted and published. I was working as a dispenser at a Red Cross Hospital during the First World War when I wrote it."


Re: Agatha Christie
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: August 25, 2003 06:23PM


Here's the list from the link Pam posted:



Books written as "Agatha Christie Mallowan""

The Road of Dreams (1924) (poetry)
Come, Tell Me How You Live (1946) (travelogue)
A Star over Bethlehem (1965) (poetry & children's stories)
Poems (includes "The Road of Dreams" and "Poems 11)" (1965)
Agatha Christie: an Autobiography (1977)


Re: Agatha Christie
Posted by: ilza (---.162.232.76.sao.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 25, 2003 08:49PM

she published her poems in 1924
the book was The road of dreams
it was later published again, circa 1970, as Poems ( 2 volumes)


Re: Agatha Christie
Posted by: ilza (---.162.232.76.sao.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 25, 2003 09:00PM

THREE GEMS

I have three treasurers,
Guard them and keep them safe.
The First is Love.
The second is never too much.
The Third is never be the first in the world.
Through Love one has no fear
Through not doing too much one has amplitude of reserve power
Through not presuming to be the first in the world, one can develop one`s talent and let it mature.

(Agatha Christie)
...
Vol. 1:

A masque from Italy.

Ballads: The ballad of the flint. Elizabeth of England. The bells of Brittany. Isolt of Bittany. Dark Sheila. Ballad of the maytime. The princess sings.

Dreams and fantasies: The dream spinners. Down in the wood. The road of dreams. Heritage. The wanderer. The dream city. A passing.

Other poems: Spring. Young morning. Hymn to Ra. A palm tree in the desert. World hymn 1914. Easter 1918. To a beautiful old lady. Wild roses. Love passes. Progression. There where my lover lies.

Vol. 2:

Things: Beauty. The water flows. The sculptor. A wandering tune.

Places: Ctesiphon. In Baghdad. An Island. The Nile. Dartmoor. To a cedar tree. Calvary.

Love poems and others: Count fersen to the Queen. Beatrice passes. Undine. Hawthorn tress in Spring. The lametn of teh tortured lover. What is love? To M.E.L.M. in absence. Remembrance. A choice. My flower garden. Enchantment. Jenny by the sky (Aus: "Star over Bethlehem and other stories").

Verses of nowadays: From a grown-up to a child. I wore my new canary suit. Racial musings. Picnic 1960.


Re: Agatha Christie
Posted by: ilza (---.162.232.76.sao.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 26, 2003 06:47AM

sorry ... people had already posted the same information




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