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And Then There Were None: Introduction
And Then There Were None: Plot Summary
And Then There Were None: Detailed Summary & Analysis
And Then There Were None: Themes
And Then There Were None: Quotes
And Then There Were None: Characters
And Then There Were None: Symbols
And Then There Were None: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Agatha Christie
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- Full Title: And Then There Were None
- When Written: 1939
- Where Written: England
- When Published: November 1939
- Literary Period: Popular fiction
- Genre: Murder Mystery
- Setting: Soldier Island (in other editions it is also called Indian Island), off the coast of England
- Climax: Justice Wargrave's revelatory letter in a bottle, which appears in the second epilogue to the novel.
- Antagonist: Justice Wargrave
- Point of View: Third person omniscient
Extra Credit for And Then There Were None
Original Title: The original title was Ten Little Niggers, and then Ten Little Indians, both of which have since been abandoned for reasons of political correctness.
Christie vs. Shakespeare: Christie is the best selling author of all time after Shakespeare and the Bible.
Agatha on Stage: Agatha Christie claimed that the happiest moment of her life was when she was in a Gilbert and Sullivan play as a child but she later said, “an experience that you truly enjoy should never be repeated.” She did go on to write the longest running play, The Mousetrap. It opened at the Ambassador Theater in London in 1952 and ran until 1975 and then moved next door to The Saint Martin's Theater where it is still running.
Popular Poirot: Hercule Poirot is the only fictional character to ever receive an obituary in the New York Times. It appeared on the front page in August 1975, following the publication of the last Poirot novel, Curtains.