Monday, September 15, 2008
A Hand from the Grave...Well, a Voice Anyway
Agatha Christie, the bronze medalist for number of all-time copies sold, has been rediscovered. Unfortunately, not in the form of an oh-so-apropos unpublished manuscript, but rather as a series of recordings made to herself during the process of writing her autobiography. 13-hours worth, to be exact. The reels of discarded recordings, along with the recorder, were found by her grandson, Mathew Prichard, and were announced by her estate today, her 118th birthday. The recordings have captured her musings about her characters (namely Inspector Poirot and Miss Marple) and how she came to conceive of them. They will not be released in their entirety, though, as there are many pieces that are unclear (either from interference or from the author's mostly incoherent rambling—who of us doesn't do that now and then?). Her estate has not yet decided how it will release the recordings or if they will simply update her autobiography. Whatever they do, her fans will no doubt be salivating for the final bit of the enigma that was Christie.