Rex Stout

Rex Stout (1886-1975), an American detective novelist was born in Noblesville, Indiana, as the son of John Wallace Stout and Lucetta Elizabeth Todhunter, who were Quakers. He was educated at Topeka High School, Kansas and at University of Kansas, Lawrence. He devised a school banking system which was set up in about 300 cities and towns all over the US between 1917 and 1927. The money he earned thus enabled him to devote much of his time to writing detective novels. 
                                                                                                          In 1916 he married Fay Kennedy of Topeka, Kansas. They separated in 1933 and Stout married in 1933 Pola Hoffman of Vienna 
                                             He wrote over 70 detective novels, 46 of them featuring his most popular sleuth, Rex Stout and his companion in solving the cases, Archie Godwin. Usually, Rex Stout does his deduction sitting at his New York City brownstone residence and sends his assistant, Archie to hunt for clues. 
                                                                                       Nero Wolfe first appeared in Fer-de-Lance (1934). This book was at first serialized in the Saturday Evening Post. This was followed by The League of Frightened Men (1935) which found itself a place in the Top 100 Mystery Books and Stories by H.R.F. Keating. Other Nero Wolfe mysteries include Too Many Cooks (1938), Some Buried Caesar (1939), And Be a Villain (1948), and A Family Affair (1975).

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His second Nero Wolfe book, The League of Frightened Men (1935) was included in the 100 Top Mystery Books and Stories ever published compiled by the English critic and mystery writer H.R.F Keating. 


"Rex Stout is one of the half-dozen major figures in the development of the American detective novel."
                                          - Ross McDonald

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