Happy Birthday, Rex Stout!

Rex Todhunter Stout was born on 1 December 1886. He gave the world that singular detective, Nero Wolfe (and his unremittingly charming factotum Archie Goodwin!), writing dozens of excellent genre novels and short stories during a four decade period. Stout’s version of New York City is one of the best (fictionalized) settings in all of literature. Here he is, mixing patterns and still looking casually dapper in his eighty-seventh year…

Rex Stout by Jill Krementz, 1973

Rex Stout by Jill Krementz, 1973

“To say that a man is a reasoning animal is a very different thing than to say that most of man’s decisions are based on his rational process. That I don’t believe at all.”-Rex Stout

7 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Rex Stout!

  1. Oh, how wonderful. Timothy Hutton is Archie Goodwin to me now. That was such a rich and fabulous TV show. I never missed it. Love Nero Wolf. Great post…as always:) I know it’s tacky to bring TV into it but I love Timothy Hutton and thought he was the perfect Archie:)

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    • It isn’t tacky at all! That was a great and stylish and wonderful television show. Timothy Hutton was perfect as Archie. 🙂 I have zero problems with the fact that when I think of or read about Archie, I picture Timothy Hutton. 🙂

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    • Sidney Greenstreet was awesome in everything.

      If you have never read any of the Nero Wolfe books, you really should rectify that. 🙂 Rex Stout was an excellent writer.

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  2. Pingback: Too Many Cooks (a Nero Wolfe novel) by Rex Stout | The Cinch Review

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