Rex Stout (1886-1975) was an American author and inventor, but is chiefly memorable for his 72 detective novels and short stories about Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Wolfe (no one calls him Nero) is "a genius who speaks like a genius", weighs "a seventh of a ton" and never leaves his brownstone house in New York City, except on rare personal errands. (Exceptions to this are made in the stories, as you might expect.) He enjoys reading, drinking beer, disposing of gourmet cooking, and growing orchids in the plant rooms on the roof of his house. He does not like television, radio, music, riding in cars, or any disturbance in his quiet, scheduled life. He was born in Eastern Europe, in Montenegro. Wolfe's "leg man" is Archie Goodwin, a sardonic young man from Chillicothe, Ohio who performs Wolfe's physical activities outside the house. The tension between him and Wolfe is one of the most entertaining features of the series. Indeed, what makes the stories so interesting is the way all the personalities interact: literately, individually, and amusingly. (Description mostly from Muir's page, inside.)
Allreaders Rex Stout Spotlight
Detailed analysis of the plot, theme, setting and characters of his Nero Wolfe books, plus links to similar books. Sign up to be a Rex Stout scholar on the site.
List of episodes of the 1981 television show with William Conrad, compiled by Tom Walsh and George Fergus.
Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin at Home
Plans and 3D representations of the House at 815 W. 35th Street, references and documentation for placement of furniture and rooms. John Clayton.
Nero Wolfe List
Mailing list and discussion board, on Yahoo Groups.
Nero Wolfe Page of the Gazette of the Arts
From the publishers of the "Corsage: A Bouquet of Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe" collectors item.
The Office of Nero Wolfe - Private Detective
2 page advertisement imitation.
A Stout Fellow
David Langford's critical review of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books.
Van Dine School
Michael Grost pans the Rex Stout books in a review concentrating on "ritualistic sacrifice".
The Wolfe Pack
Fan organization. Includes biographical data and pictures, listings of his works and related works, story synopses, scanned covers, and event details.
Brian Bain's site includes "The Ultimate Nero Wolfe Message Board" and several articles about the series.
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