Georges Simenon

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Georges Simenon


Born
in Liège, Belgium
February 13, 1903

Died
September 04, 1989

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Simenon was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century, capable of writing 60 to 80 pages per day. His oeuvre includes nearly 200 novels, over 150 novellas, several autobiographical works, numerous articles, and scores of pulp novels written under more than two dozen pseudonyms. Altogether, about 550 million copies of his works have been printed.

He is best known, however, for his 75 novels and 28 short stories featuring Commissaire Maigret. The first novel in the series, Pietr-le-Letton, appeared in 1931; the last one, Maigret et M. Charles, was published in 1972. The Maigret novels were translated into all major languages and several of them were turned into films and radio plays. Two television series (1960-63 and 1992-93)
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Average rating: 3.73 · 42,289 ratings · 4,343 reviews · 775 distinct works · Similar authors
Dirty Snow

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The Man Who Watched Trains ...

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3.88 avg rating — 1,761 ratings — published 1938 — 36 editions
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Pietr the Latvian (Maigret,...

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3.52 avg rating — 1,831 ratings — published 1931 — 41 editions
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The Yellow Dog (Maigret #6)

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3.64 avg rating — 1,459 ratings — published 1931 — 59 editions
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The Train

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3.79 avg rating — 731 ratings — published 1961 — 18 editions
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Three Bedrooms in Manhattan

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3.64 avg rating — 775 ratings — published 1946 — 26 editions
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The Strangers in the House

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3.80 avg rating — 579 ratings — published 1940 — 18 editions
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Maigret Sets a Trap (Maigre...

3.83 avg rating — 628 ratings — published 1955 — 40 editions
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Red Lights

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3.81 avg rating — 582 ratings — published 1953 — 14 editions
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Maigret and the Madwoman

3.78 avg rating — 557 ratings — published 1970 — 24 editions
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“Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don't think an artist can ever be happy.”
Georges Simenon

“It just happened. As though a moment comes when it's both necessary and natural to make a decision that has long since been made. ”
Georges Simenon

“We are all potentially characters in a novel--with the difference that characters in a novel really get to live their lives to the full.”
Georges Simenon

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