CHRISTIE, Agatha.

Come, Tell Me How You Live.

London: Collins, 1946 Stock Code: 143028
£1,750.00

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Notes

First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Carlo, with love from, Agatha". The recipient was Charlotte ("Carlo") Fisher (1895-1976), with her retrospective book label to the front pastedown. Fisher was Christie's secretary, close friend, and amanuensis, with whom she wrote several major early titles.

Their method of writing was described by Christie in her autobiography: "Charlotte and I sat down opposite each other, she with her notebook and pencil. I stared unhappily at the mantelpiece, and began uttering a few tentative sentences. They sounded dreadful. I could not say more than a word without hesitating and stopping. Nothing I said sounded natural. We persisted for an hour. Long afterwards Carlo told me that she herself had been dreading the moment when literary work should begin". By this process Christie - or "Missus" as she was known to Fisher - would find her authorial voice. During the breakdown of her first marriage in the 1920s Christie relied on Fisher a friend and supportive confidante, and the two remained close throughout their lives. Both The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928) and And Then There Were None (1939) are dedicated to Fisher.

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Description

Octavo. Original purple cloth, titles to spine in black.

Illustrations

Map frontispiece, with four black and white photographic plates.

Condition

Spine faded and gently cocked, cloth faintly soiled, tips of rear board bumped, front inner hinge cracked but firm, a little light foxing to contents; a very good copy.

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