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Hercule Poirot is the famous Belgian Detective, with an egg-shaped head complete with billions of overactive gray cells; who prefers to solve crimes not by running around with a hand lens (Note that the snide remark is directed towards a Mr. Sherlock Holmes, also in the same profession – professional jealousy doesn’t just plague real people like you and me!)
Biography of Hercule Poirot, the Little Belgian Detective
Here’s a short biography of Mr. Poirot.
Hercule Poirot was born with an egg-shaped head and a handle-bar moustache, in 1920, in the detective novel called “The Mysterious Affair at Styles.” He was also born with Captain Hastings in tow (much like Dr. Watson, who was Holmes’ dear derided friend.)
Despite his popularity with the readers, Poirot was not at good terms with his mother, Agatha Christie. In fact, 10 years after Poirot was born, he was called “insufferable” by her, and by the time he turned forty, she had turned completely against him. She called him, a “detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep“!
Poirot was short (3 inches shorter than Napoleon Bonaparte who was “actually” 5 feet 7 inches.) His head could be confused for an ostrich’s egg, and his moustaches for a handlebar! He had a manic urge to straighten everything around him, he was punctual and fastidious, and he always carried a turnip pocket watch with him.
He had a secretary Ms. Lemon who was hopelessly left-brained and so could be relied upon completely by Poirot.
Poirot died in 1975 and his obituary was published in the New York Times (Aug 6). His was the first obituary of a fictional character to be published in the New York Times.
Poirot’s Literary Journey:
Hercule Poirot appeared in 33 novels and 51 short stories (1920 – 1975.)
Some of these are:
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles
- The Adventure of the Cheap Flat
- The Kidnapped Prime Minister
- The Mystery of the Blue Train
- Death on the Nile
- The Labors of Hercules (A Collection of 12 stories)
- Elephants can Remember
Hercule Poirot in Movies and Television:
Agatha Christie: Poirot (A TV Series)