When I Was Old.

Charles D. Aring, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(5):791-792. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650050109027.
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Here is a remarkable book by the author of several hundred novels, and the creator of the famous Inspector Maigret, hero of the many detective stories that Simenon considers as his lesser work.

As he was approaching the age of 60 Simenon felt a pressing need to keep notebooks, which he did during the years 1960, 1961, and 1962. In these he recorded with candor his innermost thoughts and personal activities, a self-analysis of a kind. The book concerns the inner life and times of one of the world's most successful writers, the way he worked and played. The process he goes through in the conceiving of another novel, of which he has done some half dozen or more per year since 1929, and the agonies of their birthing are touched on, as well as doubts about his productivity as he grows older.

Simenon always had an abiding interest in


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