The Mysterious Affair at Styles
by Agatha Christie
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Agatha Christie sent the typescript for The Mysterious Affair at Styles – the book that introduced Hercules Poirot and in many ways began the “Golden Age of Detective Fiction” – to three publishers and received three rejection notices, ranging from the polite to the blunt, before finding a publisher willing a take a chance on then unknown writer. I sometimes wonder what, a few years later, the owners of those three publishing houses said to the editors who had lost the chance to have Agatha Christie as one of their authors.
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Agatha Christie sent the typescript for The Mysterious Affair at Styles – the book that introduced Hercules Poirot and in many ways began the “Golden Age of Detective Fiction” – to three publishers and received three rejection notices, ranging from the polite to the blunt, before finding a pu... More

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