THE CONVERSATION: Agatha Christie: world’s first historical whodunnit was inspired by 4,000 year-old letters

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Release date: 22/5/2018

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When the ancient Egyptian priest and landowner Heqanakhte wrote a series of rather acerbic letters to his extended family sometime during the 12th Dynasty (1991-1802BC), he could not have known that he was creating the framework around which the British crime writer Agatha Christie (1890-1976) would, some 4,000 years later, weave one of the world’s first historical crime novels.

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TitleAgatha Christie: world’s first historical whodunnit was inspired by 4,000 year-old letters
Media name/outletThe Conversation
Media typeWeb
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Date22/05/18
DescriptionWhen the ancient Egyptian priest and landowner Heqanakhte wrote a series of rather acerbic letters to his extended family sometime during the 12th Dynasty (1991-1802BC), he could not have known that he was creating the framework around which the British crime writer Agatha Christie (1890-1976) would, some 4,000 years later, weave one of the world’s first historical crime novels.
URLhttps://theconversation.com/agatha-christie-worlds-first-historical-whodunnit-was-inspired-by-4-000-year-old-letters-96949
PersonsNicky Nielsen