Simenon, Georges (zhôrzh sēmənôNˈ) [key], 1903–89, Belgian novelist. One of the most prolific of modern authors, he is best known for the more than 75 stories he wrote featuring the intuitive French police detective Inspector Maigret. He also wrote more than 110 psychological novels, which he called romans durs (hard novels), including The House by the Canal (1933), Dirty Snow (1948), The Door (1962), and The Cat (1976), as well as many articles, short stories, and novellas.
See his autobiographical novel, Pedigree (1948, tr. 1963, 2010) and his Intimate Memoirs (1981, tr. 1984); study by L. Becker (1977); biographies by F. Bresler (1985) and P. Assouline (1998).