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Rex Stout

Rex Stout


Born
in Noblesville, Indiana, The United States
December 01, 1886

Died
October 27, 1975

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Rex Todhunter Stout (December 1, 1886 – October 27, 1975) was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger-than-life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, described by reviewer Will Cuppy as "that Falstaff of detectives." Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin recorded the cases of the detective genius from 1934 (Fer-de-Lance) to 1975 (A Family Affair).

The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated Best Mystery Series of the Century at Bouchercon 2000, the world's largest mystery convention, and Rex Stout was nominated Best Mystery Writer of the Century.

Average rating: 4.08 · 122,521 ratings · 6,527 reviews · 264 distinct worksSimilar authors
Fer-de-Lance (Nero Wolfe, #1)

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The League of Frightened Me...

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4.09 avg rating — 4,756 ratings — published 1935 — 35 editions
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Some Buried Caesar (Nero Wo...

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4.17 avg rating — 4,364 ratings — published 1938 — 34 editions
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Too Many Cooks (Nero Wolfe,...

4.12 avg rating — 4,029 ratings — published 1938 — 41 editions
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Black Orchids (Nero Wolfe, #9)

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4.13 avg rating — 3,793 ratings — published 1942 — 25 editions
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The Doorbell Rang (Nero Wol...

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4.21 avg rating — 3,612 ratings — published 1965 — 6 editions
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And Be a Villain  (Nero Wol...

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4.14 avg rating — 3,482 ratings — published 1948 — 29 editions
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The Golden Spiders (Nero Wo...

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4.07 avg rating — 3,088 ratings — published 1953 — 31 editions
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Death of a Doxy (Nero Wolfe...

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Over My Dead Body (Nero Wol...

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Fer-de-Lance The League of Frightened Men The Rubber Band The Red Box Too Many Cooks Some Buried Caesar Over My Dead Body
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Double for Death Bad for Business The Broken Vase
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“We are all vainer of our luck than of our merits.”
Rex Stout, The Rubber Band

“[A] pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.”
Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance

“Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.”
Rex Stout, The Red Box

Polls

January 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
  50 votes, 19.5%

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk - 218 pgs, 1996
 
  40 votes, 15.6%

 
  34 votes, 13.3%

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair - 412 pgs, 1905
 
  27 votes, 10.5%

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham - 400 pgs, 1945
 
  18 votes, 7.0%

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini, 236 pgs, 1922
 
  16 votes, 6.3%

 
  16 votes, 6.3%

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, 367 pgs, 1984
 
  12 votes, 4.7%

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson - 240 pgs, 1919
 
  10 votes, 3.9%

The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati, 198 pgs, 1940
 
  9 votes, 3.5%

 
  8 votes, 3.1%

 
  6 votes, 2.3%

The Vagabond by Colette - 252 pgs, 1910
 
  6 votes, 2.3%

Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout, 285 pgs, 1934
 
  4 votes, 1.6%

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