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Georges Simenon

1903 - 1989

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Georges Joseph Christian Simenon (French: [ʒɔʁʒ simnɔ̃]; 12/13 February 1903 – 4 September 1989) was a Belgian writer, most famous for his fictional detective Jules Maigret. One of the most popular authors of the 20th century, he published around 400 novels, 21 volumes of memoirs and many short stories, selling over 500 million copies. Apart from his detective fiction, he achieved critical acclaim for his literary novels which he called romans durs (hard novels). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georges Simenon has received more than 1,088,858 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 71 in 2019). Georges Simenon is the 183rd most popular writer (up from 185th in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from Belgium (down from 18th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Belgian Writer.

Georges Simenon is most famous for his detective novels.

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Among writers, Georges Simenon ranks 183 out of 5,755Before him are Diogenes Laërtius, Dale Carnegie, Constantine VII, John the Evangelist, Juvenal, and Mansur Al-Hallaj. After him are Sigrid Undset, François-René de Chateaubriand, John Steinbeck, Orhan Pamuk, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Svetlana Alexievich.

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Among people born in 1903, Georges Simenon ranks 7Before him are George Orwell, John von Neumann, Aram Khachaturian, Theodor W. Adorno, Konrad Lorenz, and Olav V of Norway. After him are Ernst Kaltenbrunner, John Dillinger, Vladimir Horowitz, Mark Rothko, Kane Tanaka, and Habib Bourguiba. Among people deceased in 1989, Georges Simenon ranks 10Before him are Ruhollah Khomeini, Samuel Beckett, Ted Bundy, Herbert von Karajan, Konrad Lorenz, and Sergio Leone. After him are Andrei Sakharov, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Elena Ceaușescu, Lee Van Cleef, Andrei Gromyko, and Laurence Olivier.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Georges Simenon ranks 22 out of 1,019Before him are Albert II of Belgium (1934), Mary of Burgundy (1457), Ursula von der Leyen (1958), Rogier van der Weyden (1390), Frans Hals (1582), and Leopold III of Belgium (1901). After him are Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy (1480), Georges Lemaître (1894), Jacques Rogge (1942), Albert I of Belgium (1875), Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960), and Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1697).

Among WRITERS In Belgium

Among writers born in Belgium, Georges Simenon ranks 2Before him are Maurice Maeterlinck (1862). After him are Marguerite Yourcenar (1903), Julio Cortázar (1914), Émile Verhaeren (1855), Marguerite Porete (1250), Pierre Louÿs (1870), Henri Michaux (1899), Laura Marx (1845), Victor Serge (1890), Georges Rodenbach (1855), and Hugo Claus (1929).