Archive for July 20, 2011

Another photograph [click on image for full size] that shows the unchanged England of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. Jane Marple made her first her first appearance as an old lady between 65 and 70 in Murder at the Vicarage published in 1930, and the last Miss Marple written [not published*] Nemesis was published in 1971, forty one years later. She appeared in 12 novels and 20 short stories during that period, but I always think of her as a pre-war or 1950s figure, and conveniently not getting any older. * Sleeping Murder was published in 1976, but Christie had written it during World War II and had it locked away in a vault only to be published after her death.