Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

"Silent Speaker" Display Ad, November 10, 1946


display advertisement, New York Times, November 10, 1946.

"Some readers are saying this is more than a mystery. We think that's nonsense. What they mean is that, in addition to having a fast-moving plot, a startling murder, well-concealed clues and a shocking denouement, it's also extremely well-written, packed with fascinating characters, and involves a credible real-life situation."

Thursday, August 25, 2011

"Not Quite Dead Enough" Reviewed, September 10, 1944


from "The Latest Mysteries in Review," New York Times, September 10, 1944.

"Both Nero and Archie are their old selves again, and all's well on the Rex Stout front. You can't afford to miss it."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Belated Discovery, July 18, 1943


from "Radio Notebook: the Immobile Sleuth," by John K. Hutchens, New York Times, July 18, 1943.

"Where, Nero's admirers may inquire has one been? There is no plausible answer. But if it is not too late in the day to take a seat on the Wolfe band wagon, this column does so, because Nero obviously is a person to know."

Friday, August 19, 2011

"The Illustrious Dunderheads," September 20, 1942


from "Speaking of Books," by R.v.G., New York Times, September 20, 1942.

"I visited [Rex Stout] last year and he was talking about what to do with the Germans after the war is over. 'My own plan,' said Mr. Stout happily, 'is to grind them up and use them as fertilizer.'"

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Writers War Board, July 12, 1942

from "New Mystery Stories," by Will Oursler, New York Times, July 12, 1942.

“Rex Stout, author of the Nero Wolfe detective stories published by Farrar & Rinehart, is chairman of the Writers War Board, originally formed in December as the Writers War Committee to carry out an assignment for the Treasury Department.”

Monday, August 15, 2011

"Black Orchids" Reviewed May 24, 1942

from "New Mystery Stories," by Isaac Anderson, New York Times, May 24, 1942.

“[B]oth stories have everything that one has learned to expect in a Nero Wolfe novel, including the indispensable Archie Goodwin, than whom no funnier or more efficient stooge has ever appeared in detective fiction. Stooge is not quite the word for Archie.”

Sunday, August 14, 2011

"Alphabet Hicks" Reviewed January 4, 1942

from New York Times, January 4, 1942.

“Alphabet Hicks has well earned the right to a place alongside Nero Wolfe and Tecumseh Fox on the staff of the Rex Stout Detective Agency.”

Monday, August 8, 2011

"An Interview with Mr. Rex Stout," November 21, 1941

The Author of the Nero Wolfe Detective Stories Discusses His Work and the War


by Robert van Gelder, New York Times, November 21, 1941.

“His beard is not a particularly good beard: it has rather the sparse look of barberry bushes that have been trampled by the house painters. The beard’s purpose, probably, is to ambush one’s attention from the eyes above it, which are not cataloguing eyes and seem to reflect open judgments, but are intent and observing to a rare degree.”

Friday, August 5, 2011

Alphabet Hicks, July 11, 1941


from "Notes on Books and Authors," New York Times, July 11, 1941.

“Rex Stout, turning temporarily from the slow-moving, subtle-minded mystery novel character, Nero Wolfe, has invented one called Alphabet Hicks, who is described as Wolfe’s opposite, being a dynamo and somewhat impish.”

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"Books of the Times" January 7, 1941.

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"Books of the Times," by Charles Poore, New York Times, January 7, 1941.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"The Broken Vase" Reviewed January 26, 1941

from "New Mystery Stories," New York Times, January 26, 1941.

"And Rex Stout's readers will be glad to know that Tecumseh Fox is a worthy rival to the ever popular Nero Wolfe."

Monday, August 1, 2011

"Where There's A Wll" Reviewed June 16, 1940

from "New Mystery Stories," by Isaac Anderson, New York Times, June 16, 1940.

“With nothing more serious than a murder to occupy his mind, Wolfe is able once more to give some attention to his three major interests in life, orchids, food and beer. Archie Goodwin functions as usual as secretary and chief assistant to the obese orchid fancier, and he tells the story of this most unusual case in his inimitably breezy manner.”