Rex Stout by Aileen Wen
A Biography

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Author Rex Stout created one of the best-known and popular fictional detective characters in history, Nero Wolfe, along with Wolfe's unforgettable and talented personal assistant, Archie Goodwin. With Nero Wolfe, Stout has been described as a puppet master who manipulated a character until it took on a life of its own.

Nero Wolfe became so real that he has spawned decades of study and analysis from reviewers, bibliophiles, academics, and fans who debate and speculate on every aspect of Nero Wolfe's life: the man himself, his assistant Archie Goodwin, his detective methods, his home, and his culinary preferences. Although Rex Stout the author was a fascinating man with a life history worth telling, he comes second to the characters he created in Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

In each of the Nero Wolfe narratives, comprising almost 80 novels, novellas and short stories, the story is told through the eyes of Archie Goodwin. Wolfe is brilliant, eccentric, and lazy. Archie does all of the legwork, while Wolfe stays at home and solves the mystery. Some have speculated that the Archie Goodwin character was Rex Stout's idealized self-portrait. Others have suggested Archie was actually female, although there is little evidence in Stout's books to support that.


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While laying the groundwork for his Nero Wolfe series in 1934, Stout published The President Vanishes, doing so anonymously in hopes of taking advantage of speculative curiosity this tactic would engender. Rumor was circulated that the book had actually been written by someone high up in government, which helped sales and led to the book being made into a movie, with Edward Arnold and Rosaline Russell in the lead roles. It wasn't until 1939 when Rex Stout had become active in politics did he admit to being the author.

Rex Stout had a number of social and political interests. He served several terms as President of the Authors League of America, which led to him becoming involved in the National Committee for the Universal Copyright Convention, adopted in Geneva in 1952 and ratified in 1954 along with President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This was one of two principal international conventions to protect copyright. Interestingly, Stout's longevity has meant that, unlike many of his contemporaries whose works are now in the public domain, Stout's legal copyright has not expired.


Background and Basics
+ Who is Rex Stout?
+ Background / Upbringing

Rex Stout the Writer
+ Major Accomplishments and Awards
+ Personal Life

Public and Private Persona
+ Rex Stout In the News
+ Public Statements

+ Trivia
+ Conclusion
+ List of links
+ Further Reading

Rex Stout: A Biography

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Published May 22, 2012 by Hyperink Rex Stout Bio. 27 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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