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Can I publish a book about Miss Marple?
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I don't know if anyone ever asked this... So here it goes:
If I write a book about Miss Marple, can I publish the book or do I need some permissions to do so?
Wisconsin, United States
Christie's characters are under copyright, so you can't write a novel featuring Miss Marple. You can, however, write a non-fiction work of literary criticism about Miss Marple as she appears in Christie's books or in adaptations of Christie's work, since literature analysis is a very different matter.
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
I would think you still needed permission but GKCfan is probably correct, why not write and ask an Author who has written a book about Miss Marple just to check.
Thank you for your answer GKCfan and Tommy_A_Jones.
I will try to ask an Author, but usually they have permissions and also access to Christie's family and notebooks.
I'm writing about Miss Marple, not in a fictional way, but something like a research... I also have some quotes, which are always referenced in the bibliography.
.sintra - The suggestion from
is a very good one. Can I suggest you contact Anne Hart at Harper Collins. Anne Hart wrote The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple in 1997. I look forward to reading your book when it is published.
edited December 2014
, thank you for your suggestion! I have that book and have used it to build a chronology of Miss Marple stories and life (did you notice that she would be really old in her last story - Nemesis!?).
I hope I can one day be a successful writer. This is a first experience, and I'm writing in my language - Portuguese, to publish for kindle. Maybe someone (or even myself) translates the book some time after I publish!
I'll try to email Anne Hart, thank you!
Mallowan, thank for your suggestion but that would not work in this case because I'm really writing about Miss Marple, and not using her as a character in a fictional book. On the contrary, the book don't have nothing fictional, It will state real facts about her stories! ; )
Already sent an email to Anne Hart. Hope she answer soon! 8->