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…
“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
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:)
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. 🙂
I loved Nero Wolfe as portrayed by Sidney Greenstreet in the short-lived old-time radio show.
Rex Stout, however, is unknown to me, and am off to do some online searching.
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.
He’s one of my all-time faves, as you well know. Thanks for the post!
Of course I know that! You are the reason I read my first Nero Wolfe book ten or twelve years ago. I love Rex Stout. He was an excellent writer.
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