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Rex Stout was an American author born in 1886 and best known for creating the Nero Wolfe detective series. The sixth child amongst nine, Rex was born in Noblesville, Indiana. The family eventually moved to Kansas before finally settling down on a farm near Wakarusa in 1889. There, Rex had nothing else to do besides chores and reading voraciously.

Order of Nero Wolfe Series by Rex Stout

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1Fer-de-Lance / Meet Nero Wolfe 1934Description / Buy
2The League of Frightened Men 1935Description / Buy
3The Rubber Band / To Kill Again 1936Description / Buy
4The Red Box / Case of the Red Box 1937Description / Buy
5Too Many Cooks 1938Description / Buy
6Some Buried Caesar / The Red Bull 1939Description / Buy
7Over My Dead Body 1940Description / Buy
8Where There's a Will 1940Description / Buy
9Black Orchids 1942Description / Buy
10Not Quite Dead Enough 1944Description / Buy
11The Silent Speaker 1946Description / Buy
12Too Many Women 1947Description / Buy
13And Be a Villain / More Deaths Than One 1948Description / Buy
14Trouble in Triplicate 1949Description / Buy
15The Second Confession 1949Description / Buy
16Even in the Best Families / In the Best Families 1950Description / Buy
17Three Doors to Death / Door to Death 1950Description / Buy
18Curtains for Three 1951Description / Buy
19Murder by the Book 1951Description / Buy
20Prisoner's Base / Out She Goes 1952Description / Buy
21Triple Jeopardy 1952Description / Buy
22The Golden Spiders 1953Description / Buy
23The Black Mountain 1954Description / Buy
24Three Men Out 1954Description / Buy
25Before Midnight 1955Description / Buy
26Might as Well Be Dead 1956Description / Buy
27Three Witnesses 1956Description / Buy
28If Death Ever Slept 1957Description / Buy
29Three for the Chair 1957Description / Buy
30And Four to Go / Crime and Again 1958Description / Buy
31Champagne for One 1958Description / Buy
32Plot it Yourself / Murder in Style 1959Description / Buy
33Three at Wolfe's Door 1960Description / Buy
34Too Many Clients 1960Description / Buy
35The Final Deduction (Short Story) 1961Description / Buy
36Homicide Trinity 1962Description / Buy
37Gambit 1962Description / Buy
38The Mother Hunt 1963Description / Buy
39Trio for Blunt Instruments 1964Description / Buy
40A Right to Die 1964Description / Buy
41The Doorbell Rang 1965Description / Buy
42Death of a Doxy 1966Description / Buy
43The Father Hunt 1968Description / Buy
44Death of a Dude 1969Description / Buy
45Please Pass The Guilt 1973Description / Buy
46A Family Affair 1975Description / Buy
47Death Times Three 1985Description / Buy

Order of Nero Wolfe Short Stories/Novellas

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1Bitter End (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
2Booby Trap (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
3Cordially Invited to Meet Death (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy

Order of Tecumseh Fox Series

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1Double for Death 1939Description / Buy
2Bad for Business 1940Description / Buy
3The Broken Vase (Short Story) 1941Description / Buy

Order of Rex Stout Standalone Novels

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1Her Forbidden Knight 1913Description / Buy
2Under the Andes 1914Description / Buy
3A Prize for Princes 1914Description / Buy
4The Great Legend 1916Description / Buy
5How Like a God 1929Description / Buy
6Seed on the Wind 1930Description / Buy
7Golden Remedy 1931Description / Buy
8Forest Fire 1933Description / Buy
9The President Vanishes 1934Description / Buy
10O Careless Love! 1935Description / Buy
11The Hand in the Glove / Crime on Her Hands 1937Description / Buy
12Mr. Cinderella 1939Description / Buy
13The Mountain Cat Murders / The Mountain Cat 1939Description / Buy
14Red Threads 1939Description / Buy
15The Sound of Murder / Alphabet Hicks 1941Description / Buy

Order of Rex Stout Short Story Collections

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1Corsage 1977Description / Buy
2Justice Ends At Home and Other Stories 1977Description / Buy
3Target Practice 1997Description / Buy
4An Officer and a Lady and Other Stories 2000Description / Buy

Order of Rex Stout Non-Fiction Books

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1The Nero Wolfe Cookbook 1969Description / Buy

Rex Stout Anthologies

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1 The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories1996Description / Buy
2 A Century of Great Suspense Stories2001Description / Buy
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With their father’s work as superintendent of the schools in Shawnee County eventually forcing them to move, Rex Stout took to reading with fervor. The author also stood out because of his talent in math, spelling and reading. And even though he was only thirteen, Rex Stout was shepherded into Topeka high school.

Rex’s writing career, which seemed so promising, appeared to die when he was seventeen. Rex Stout wrote a poem and he even managed to get it sold. However, The Smart Set, the magazine that bought it never published it, and this left Rex feeling infuriated and disgusted with the field of writing. He destroyed everything he had ever written and gave up on writing altogether.

A stint in the university did little to give Rex any direction. He quickly found that he knew more than his peers, so he dropped out of college and traversed the various states doing odd jobs. Writing did not come back into the picture until 1911. Rex reached out to The Smart Set and trusted them with another poem, and this one they published.

While this development left Rex elated, he wouldn’t go into the writing field just yet. Instead, Rex Stout decided that he would take a bookkeeping job until he made enough money to survive while writing full-time. Financial independence came in 1926 after the author developed a school savings program.

With his money problems settled, Rex Stout took some time to visit Europe. He only sat down to do some serious writing when he got to Paris. How Like a God was Rex’s first novel and it was received well by the critics. In fact, almost all the books Rex ever wrote were critically acclaimed works.

However, they never made any money, and that was problematic because Rex’ finances eventually fell apart, this along with his first marriage to Faye Kennedy. After concluding that his psychological works simply held no appeal for most readers, Rex changed tact and began to produce more mainstream books. In this, Rex succeeded. His marriage to his second wife Pola Weinbach Hoffman also produced fruit.

Rex Stout died in 1975.

Rex Stout Awards

Rex received many accolades for his work during his lifetime, with the most prominent including the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and a Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger Award.

Rex’s Nero Wolfe books also received nominations for Best Mystery Series of the Century and Best Mystery Writer of the Century.

Rex Stout Books into Movies/TV

Fer-de-Lance and The League of Frightened Men were Rex’s first and second Nero Wolfe novels and they were turned into two movies by Columbia Pictures, namely: Meet Nero Wolfe and The League of Frightened Men in 1936 and 1937 respectively.

CBS toyed with the idea of making a television series based on Nero Wolfe in 1959. They even made a highly successful pilot episode. However, the project never went anywhere.

Another plan by Paramount Television to produce a Nero Wolf TV show in 1967 failed to take off, though they eventually produced a Television movie titled Nero Wolfe in 1981.

A successful Television show did not manifest until 2000 with A New Wolfe Mystery. The show lasted two years.

Lesser known adaptations include a German TV Miniseries in 1961, an Italian Television series in 1969, a Russian TV series between 2001 and 2005, and another Italian TV series in 2012.

Best Rex Stout Books

Rex Stout is considered by many to have created the greatest literary detective of all time, with some of the best books from the author including the following:

Fer-de-Lance: After an immigrant and a college president are murdered, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin only realize that certain parties might not want them to solve the case when someone sends Nero Wolfe one of the deadliest snakes in the world.

But Nero Wolfe isn’t afraid, not even in the face of a killer with a deadly bite.

The League of Frightened Men: Paul Chapin and his friends did a bad thing. During their college days, the gang pulled a prank that left a friend of theirs crippled. Paul hoped that he had left that particular sin in the past. But then a class reunion brought with it sudden death and Nero Wolfe was drawn into a deadly game that would test his brilliance.

When Does The Next Rex Stout book come out?

Rex Stout doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Cordially Invited to Meet Death and was released on October, 3rd 2014. It is the newest book in the Nero Wolfe Short Stories/Novellas.

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