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The Ninth Simenon Omnibus by Simenon, penguin, 1972



Title: The Ninth Simenon Omnibus
Author: Simenon
Publisher: penguin
Publication Date: 1972
Format: soft cover
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear. Some damage to the front cover and spines.

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Reader's note

Simenon's writings are always a classy and welcome addition to any bookshelf. In January 1919, the 15-year-old Simenon took a job at the Gazette de Liège, a newspaper edited by Joseph Demarteau. While Simenon's own beat only covered unimportant human interest stories, it afforded him an opportunity to explore the seamier side of the city, including politics, bars, and cheap hotels but also crime, police investigations and lectures on police technique by the criminologist Edmond Locard. Simenon's experience at the Gazette also taught him the art of quick editing. He wrote more than 150 articles under the pen name "G. Sim."He began submitting stories to Le Matin in the early 1920s.Simenon's first novel, Au Pont des Arches, was written in June 1919 and published in 1921 under his "G. Sim" pseudonym. Writing as "Monsieur Le Coq", he also published more than 800 humorous pieces between November 1919 and December 1922.He stopped writing for the Gazette. During this period, Simenon's familiarity with nightlife, prostitutes, drunkenness and carousing increased. The people he rubbed elbows with included anarchists, bohemian artists and even two future murderers, the latter appearing in his novel Les Trois crimes de mes amis. He also frequented a group of artists known as "La Caque". While not really involved in the group, he did meet his future wife Régine Renchon through it. From 1921 to 1934 he used a total of 17 pen names while writing 358 novels and short stories.This vintage book is one among a bounty of stunning classic literature vintage books and obscure gems in our second hand bookstore.