Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was a phenomenally successful author of crime fiction. His 75 Maigret novels and 28 Maigret short stories were published between 1931 and 1972 to great international acclaim (he is the only non-anglophone crime writer to have achieved such renown).
His Maigret stories are regarded by many as having established a new direction in crime fiction, emphasizing social and psychological portraiture rather than focussing on a puzzle to be solved or on "action."
This book examines the importance of social class and social change in the Maigret stories, giving a particular emphasis to the early formative novels and the development of plot, characterization and setting. The author seeks to establish the extent to which Simenon's portrait of French society is historically accurate and the nature of the influence of the author's own class position and ideology on his fiction.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Stephen Knight 1
Chapter 1 The Fayard Maigret Novels: Narratives, Contexts, Settings and Themes, 1931 21
Chapter 2 The Fayard Maigret Novels: Narratives, Contexts, Settings and Themes, 1932 53
Chapter 3 The Fayard Maigret Novels: Simenon's Perspective 91
Chapter 4 Short Stories and Journalism: Maigret, Simenon and the Crises of the 1930s 114
Chapter 5 What Maigret Did Next 145
Chapter 6 Conclusions 173