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Rex Stout Collection

Creator of the eccentric detective Nero Wolfe, Rex Stout began writing for the pulp fiction around 1910 introducing iconic "arm chair detective" Nero Wolfe in 1934.

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"Impolite Corpse"



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Rex Stout
Rex Stout on Presidential YachtFew mystery writers since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle can boast a protagonist with as many personality quirks and foibles as the great Sherlock Holmes. What made Holmes eccentricities so much fun for his audience is that no matter how unappealing or just plain strange they were to the others in his world, they always helped him to expose the bad guy.

For all his eccentric and demanding behavior, Holmes could not hold a candle to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe. Wolfe was a detective who was both defined by and cultivated his eccentricities. He managed to straddle the line between hard and soft boiled detecting by sending his "legman" Archie Goodwin out to do the actual investigating and clue gathering (and deal with any rough stuff) while Wolfe remained very happily ensconced in his New York brownstone house, cultivating his orchids and enjoying his comforts.

Mitch Miller with four other bearded men: Burl Ives, seated, Cmdr. Edward Whitehead, top left, mystery author Rex Stout, center, and musician Skitch HendersonRex Stout probably had the most literary background of any popular detective writer. Born into a Quaker family in Noblesville, Indiana, in 1886, books were a constant friend to Rex. Soon after he was born, his father, a school teacher, moved the family to Kansas. Rex read the entire bible twice by the time he was 4, and won the state spelling bee when he was 13. He served in the US Navy as a yeoman on President Teddy Roosevelt's official yacht from 1906 to 1908. After leaving the service, Stout worked a variety of jobs, and occasionally sold a poem, story or article to various magazines. He invented a banking plan for schools that allowed school children to built a savings plan. It was the royalties for this rather than his writing which financed a trip to Europe in 1916.

Stout began writing for the pulps around 1910, and became a full time writer in 1927 (the Crash of 1929 would wipe out all the money he had made in business). Previously, he had worked with the American Civil Liberties Union, and helped to create the Marxist magazine The New Masses. Believing that the magazine would bring arts and letters to the masses, Stout disassociated with the publication when he realized it had room for little else than propaganda.

Case of Red BoxFer-de-Lance, the novel which introduced Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, was first published in 1934. He concentrated on detective fiction full time beginning in 1938, and published at least one Nero Wolfe adventure a year until 1966, with the exception of 1943, when he was working for the War effort.

As a "man of letters", Stout was just the sort of panelist Clifton Fadiman wanted for Information Please. Politically, Stout described himself as a "pro-Labor, pro-New Deal, pro-Roosevelt left liberal". During the War he worked on the CBS "anti propaganda" program, Our Secret Weapon. The secret weapon was "the truth", and Stout and his staff spent many hours each week reading transcripts of Nazi propaganda which he would refute on the air. His anti-propaganda efforts may have won Nero Wolfe a few more fans.

Of course, the body of Nero Wolfe stories are what Rex Stout will be remembered for. The team of Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are introduced in Fer-de-Lance, which has been called one of the most influential works of crime fiction. All the Nero Wolfe stories are narrated by Archie Goodwin. Unlike Dr. Watson acting as Sherlock Holmes' biographer, Goodwin is major part of the action in the story. In fact, since Wolfe is a definitive "arm chair detective", he depends on Goodwin to bring him the clues in each case. Wolfe did his best to never leave his home, in fact he rarely left his chair if he did not have to except to tend his orchids.

Stout was overall pleased with the casting of Sydney Greenstreet and Gerald Mohr as Wolfe and Goodwin in The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe, although he was less enthused about the writing. The listening public, however, enjoyed the program immensely.

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    32 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 15 hours, 30 min
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      32 shows - total playtime 15 hours 30 minutes
      1. Author Meets Critics 490102 Larks In Popcorn.mp3
      2. Info Please 390328 Rex Stout Moss Hart.mp3
      3. Info Please 390829 Rex Stout Wilfrid Funk.mp3
      4. Info Please 390926 Rex Stout Carl Van Doren.mp3
      5. Info Please 410418 Rex Stout Henry Curran.mp3
      6. Nero Wolfe 400700 Last Laugh Murder Santos Ortega.mp3
      7. Nero Wolfe 461215 Shakespeare Portfolio Francis Bushman.mp3
      8. Nero Wolfe 501020 e01 Stamped for Murder.mp3
      9. Nero Wolfe 501027 E02 Care Worn Cuff.mp3
      10. Nero Wolfe 501103 E03 Dear, Dead Lady.mp3
      11. Nero Wolfe 501117 E05 Careless Cleaner.mp3
      12. Nero Wolfe 501124 E06 Beautiful Archer.mp3
      13. Nero Wolfe 501201 E07 Brave Rabbit.mp3
      14. Nero Wolfe 501208 E08 Impolite Corpse.mp3
      15. Nero Wolfe 501215 E09 Girl Who Cried Wolfe.mp3
      16. Nero Wolfe 501222 E10 Slaughtered Santas.mp3
      17. Nero Wolfe 501229 E11 Bashful Body.mp3
      18. Nero Wolfe 510105 e12 Deadly SellOut.mp3
      19. Nero Wolfe 510112 E13 Killer Cards.mp3
      20. Nero Wolfe 510119 E14 Calculated Risk.mp3
      21. Nero Wolfe 510126 E15 Phantom Fingers.mp3
      22. Nero Wolfe 510202 E16 Vanishing Shells.mp3
      23. Nero Wolfe 510216 E17 Party For Death.mp3
      24. Nero Wolfe 510223 E18 Malevolent Medic.mp3
      25. Nero Wolfe 510302 E19 Hasty Will.mp3
      26. Nero Wolfe 510309 E20 Disappearing Diamonds.mp3
      27. Nero Wolfe 510316 E21 Midnight Ride.mp3
      28. Nero Wolfe 510323 E22 Final Page.mp3
      29. Nero Wolfe 510330 E23 Telltale Ribbon.mp3
      30. Nero Wolfe 510406 E24 Slight Case Of Perjury.mp3
      31. Nero Wolfe 510420 E25 Lost Heir.mp3
      32. Nero Wolfe 510427 E26 Room 304.mp3
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    32 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 15 hours, 30 min
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      32 shows - total playtime 15 hours 30 minutes
      1. Author Meets Critics 490102 Larks In Popcorn.mp3
      2. Info Please 390328 Rex Stout Moss Hart.mp3
      3. Info Please 390829 Rex Stout Wilfrid Funk.mp3
      4. Info Please 390926 Rex Stout Carl Van Doren.mp3
      5. Info Please 410418 Rex Stout Henry Curran.mp3
      6. Nero Wolfe 400700 Last Laugh Murder Santos Ortega.mp3
      7. Nero Wolfe 461215 Shakespeare Portfolio Francis Bushman.mp3
      8. Nero Wolfe 501020 e01 Stamped for Murder.mp3
      9. Nero Wolfe 501027 E02 Care Worn Cuff.mp3
      10. Nero Wolfe 501103 E03 Dear, Dead Lady.mp3
      11. Nero Wolfe 501117 E05 Careless Cleaner.mp3
      12. Nero Wolfe 501124 E06 Beautiful Archer.mp3
      13. Nero Wolfe 501201 E07 Brave Rabbit.mp3
      14. Nero Wolfe 501208 E08 Impolite Corpse.mp3
      15. Nero Wolfe 501215 E09 Girl Who Cried Wolfe.mp3
      16. Nero Wolfe 501222 E10 Slaughtered Santas.mp3
      17. Nero Wolfe 501229 E11 Bashful Body.mp3
      18. Nero Wolfe 510105 e12 Deadly SellOut.mp3
      19. Nero Wolfe 510112 E13 Killer Cards.mp3
      20. Nero Wolfe 510119 E14 Calculated Risk.mp3
      21. Nero Wolfe 510126 E15 Phantom Fingers.mp3
      22. Nero Wolfe 510202 E16 Vanishing Shells.mp3
      23. Nero Wolfe 510216 E17 Party For Death.mp3
      24. Nero Wolfe 510223 E18 Malevolent Medic.mp3
      25. Nero Wolfe 510302 E19 Hasty Will.mp3
      26. Nero Wolfe 510309 E20 Disappearing Diamonds.mp3
      27. Nero Wolfe 510316 E21 Midnight Ride.mp3
      28. Nero Wolfe 510323 E22 Final Page.mp3
      29. Nero Wolfe 510330 E23 Telltale Ribbon.mp3
      30. Nero Wolfe 510406 E24 Slight Case Of Perjury.mp3
      31. Nero Wolfe 510420 E25 Lost Heir.mp3
      32. Nero Wolfe 510427 E26 Room 304.mp3
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    32 recordings on 16 Audio CDs
    total playtime 15 hours, 30 min

    Disc A001

    1. Info Please 390328 Rex Stout Moss Hart
    2. Info Please 390829 Rex Stout Wilfrid Funk

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    Disc A002

    1. Info Please 390926 Rex Stout Carl Van Doren
    2. Nero Wolfe 400700 Last Laugh Murder Santos Ortega

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    Disc A003

    1. Info Please 410418 Rex Stout Henry Curran
    2. Nero Wolfe 461215 Shakespeare Portfolio Francis Bushman

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    Disc A004

    1. Author Meets Critics 490102 Larks In Popcorn
    2. Nero Wolfe 501020 e01 Stamped for Murder

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    Disc A005

    1. Nero Wolfe 501027 E02 Care Worn Cuff
    2. Nero Wolfe 501103 E03 Dear, Dead Lady

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    Disc A006

    1. Nero Wolfe 501117 E05 Careless Cleaner
    2. Nero Wolfe 501124 E06 Beautiful Archer

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    Disc A007

    1. Nero Wolfe 501201 E07 Brave Rabbit
    2. Nero Wolfe 501208 E08 Impolite Corpse

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    Disc A008

    1. Nero Wolfe 501215 E09 Girl Who Cried Wolfe
    2. Nero Wolfe 501222 E10 Slaughtered Santas

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    Disc A009

    1. Nero Wolfe 501229 E11 Bashful Body
    2. Nero Wolfe 510105 e12 Deadly SellOut

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    Disc A010

    1. Nero Wolfe 510112 E13 Killer Cards
    2. Nero Wolfe 510119 E14 Calculated Risk

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    Disc A011

    1. Nero Wolfe 510126 E15 Phantom Fingers
    2. Nero Wolfe 510202 E16 Vanishing Shells

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    Disc A012

    1. Nero Wolfe 510216 E17 Party For Death
    2. Nero Wolfe 510223 E18 Malevolent Medic

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    Disc A013

    1. Nero Wolfe 510302 E19 Hasty Will
    2. Nero Wolfe 510309 E20 Disappearing Diamonds

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    Disc A014

    1. Nero Wolfe 510316 E21 Midnight Ride
    2. Nero Wolfe 510323 E22 Final Page

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    Disc A015

    1. Nero Wolfe 510330 E23 Telltale Ribbon
    2. Nero Wolfe 510406 E24 Slight Case Of Perjury

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    Disc A016

    1. Nero Wolfe 510420 E25 Lost Heir
    2. Nero Wolfe 510427 E26 Room 304

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