Rex Stout

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Fer-de-Lance - Library of Mystery Masterpieces - 1988


Author Rex Stout

Rex Stout, born on December 1, 1886, in Noblesville, Indiana, was an esteemed American author best known for creating the iconic fictional detective, Nero Wolfe. Raised in a family of Quakers, Stout's upbringing instilled in him a strong sense of moral values and a love for literature, which would later shape his writing career. After attending various schools, Stout pursued a degree in chemistry at the University of Kansas but left before graduating to join the Navy during World War I. Following the war, he worked in various professions, including as a bookkeeper and a teacher, before finding success as a writer.

Stout's literary career began with the publication of his first novel, How Like a God, in 1929, followed by several other works in different genres. However, it was in the detective fiction genre that Stout found his true calling with the creation of Nero Wolfe, a brilliant and eccentric detective, and his wise-cracking assistant, Archie Goodwin. Debuting in the novel Fer-de-Lance (1934), Nero Wolfe quickly captured the imagination of readers with his unique personality, sharp intellect, and unorthodox investigative methods. Stout's meticulous attention to detail, intricate plotting, and engaging dialogue set his detective stories apart, earning him a dedicated following and critical acclaim. Over the course of his career, Stout penned a total of 33 Nero Wolfe novels and 39 novellas, establishing himself as one of the preeminent figures in detective fiction. The character of Nero Wolfe, with his love of gourmet food, orchids, and disdain for leaving his home, became an enduring icon of the genre and has been portrayed in various adaptations for radio, television, and film.

Beyond his contributions to detective fiction, Stout was also an outspoken advocate for various causes, including pacifism, civil liberties, and environmental conservation. He used his platform as a writer to address social and political issues, often incorporating them into his novels in subtle and thought-provoking ways. Rex Stout's impact on the literary world continues to be felt today, with Nero Wolfe remaining a beloved and influential character in detective fiction. Stout's legacy as a master storyteller and social commentator endures, as his works continue to entertain, inspire, and provoke readers around the world. He passed away on October 27, 1975, leaving behind a rich literary legacy that continues to captivate audiences.


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