Golden Spiders and Black Orchids
A 'Satisfactory' Look into the Life and Mysteries of Rex Stout
Rex Stout is best known for his mystery novels featuring Nero Wolfe, a rotund and brilliant detective who was loathe to leave his house, and his assistant, the fast talking and witty Archie Goodwin. Between 1934 and 1975, Stout wrote 45 Nero Wolfe mysteries which were published both in magazines and book format. Stout’s novels helped define an American school of detective fiction, merging the classic British detective style of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes with the wit and sass of American crime fiction, respectively personified in Wolfe and Archie. Stout was also involved in several writers’ organizations such as the Author’s Guild, through which he campaigned for authors’ rights to their creative property.