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
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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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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