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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Pietr the Latvian

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3.47 avg rating — 4,876 ratings — published 1931 — 65 editions
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Dirty Snow

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3.93 avg rating — 2,491 ratings — published 1948 — 53 editions
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The Man Who Watched Trains ...

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3.85 avg rating — 3,182 ratings — published 1938 — 55 editions
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The Blue Room

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3.92 avg rating — 2,924 ratings — published 1960 — 48 editions
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The Train

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3.80 avg rating — 1,328 ratings — published 1961 — 24 editions
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The Yellow Dog (Maigret #6)

3.68 avg rating — 2,963 ratings — published 1931 — 84 editions
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The Hanged Man of Saint-Pho...

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3.82 avg rating — 1,819 ratings — published 1931 — 65 editions
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The Late Monsieur Gallet (M...

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3.70 avg rating — 1,878 ratings — published 1931 — 50 editions
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Maigret Sets a Trap (Maigre...

3.90 avg rating — 1,395 ratings — published 1955 — 64 editions
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The Carter of 'La Providenc...

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Pietr the Latvian The Carter of 'La Providence' The Late Monsieur Gallet The Hanged Man of Saint-Pho... A Man's Head The Yellow Dog The Night at the Crossroads
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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

“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

“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. ”
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