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by John J. McAleer

  • Author: John J. McAleer
  • ISBN: 0941028097
  • ISBN13: 978-0941028097
  • ePub: 1442 kb | FB2: 1372 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: History & Criticism
  • Publisher: Borgo Pr (October 1, 1994)
  • Pages: 622
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Votes: 131
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Rex Stout: A Biography (Brownstone Mystery Guides) ePub download

Wodehouse contributed the foreword to Rex Stout: A Biography, John McAleer's Edgar Award-winning .

Wodehouse contributed the foreword to Rex Stout: A Biography, John McAleer's Edgar Award-winning 1977 biography of the author (reissued in 2002 as Rex Stout: A Majesty's Life). Wodehouse also mentions Rex Stout in several of his Jeeves books, as both Bertie and his Aunt Dahlia are fans.

Series: Brownstone Mystery Guides (Book 6). Paperback: 622 pages. I have read quite a few of the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout. I always enjoy going into the old brownstone with Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin

Series: Brownstone Mystery Guides (Book 6). I always enjoy going into the old brownstone with Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. From reading the blurbs on the books, I gathered that Rex Stout had lived a very interesting life. John McAleer does a wonderful job with Stout's biography.

John McAleer does a wonderful job with Stout's biography . He also follows Stout's early career as a writer, and tells us about Stout's EBS, a thrift banking system he invented in the late 1910's. Stout began to write the Nero Wolfe mysteries in 1934, and wrote 72 Nero Wolfe stories until his death in 1975. The thing I found fascinating was that Mr. McAleer gives us the time when each novel was written, with how many days Stout wrote and days he didn't write.

Rex Stout: A Biography (Brownstone Mystery Guides).

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McAleer, John, Rex Stout: A Biography (1977, Little, Brown and Company; ISBN 0-316-5534).

McAleer, John, "Rex Stout: A Biography" (1977, Little, Brown and .

Wodehouse contributed the foreword to "Rex Stout: A Biography", John McAleer's Edgar Award-winning 1977 biography of the author (reissued in 2002 as "Rex Stout: A Majesty's Life").

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Rex Stout was born in Noblesville, Indiana, and shortly afterward his Quaker parents, John Wallace Stout and .

Rex Stout was born in Noblesville, Indiana, and shortly afterward his Quaker parents, John Wallace Stout and Lucetta Elizabeth Todhunter Stout, moved their fami. ly (nine children in all) to Kansas. His father was a teacher, and later Superintendent of Schools, who encouraged his children to read, and Rex had read the entire Bible twice by the time he was four years old. He was the state spelling bee champion at age 13 and also had a genius for numbers and calculation.

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REX STOUT: A Biography. Treating the late (in 1975, at 89), great Rex Stout to a 500-page biography is like crowning Fred Astaire with a solid gold top hat: very ennobling, but how's the man supposed to dance?

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I have read quite a few of the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout. I always enjoy going into the old brownstone with Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. From reading the blurbs on the books, I gathered that Rex Stout had lived a very interesting life. John McAleer does a wonderful job with Stout's biography. He begins with his ancestry, and gives an account of his family, his first and second marriages, and the births of his daughters. He also follows Stout's early career as a writer, and tells us about Stout's EBS, a thrift banking system he invented in the late 1910's. Stout began to write the Nero Wolfe mysteries in 1934, and wrote 72 Nero Wolfe stories until his death in 1975. The thing I found fascinating was that Mr. McAleer gives us the time when each novel was written, with how many days Stout wrote and days he didn't write. This book is extensive, but I was captivated reading about the life of one of my favorite authors, Rex Stout. This biography is highly recommended.
Buzalas
John McAleer's massive biography, or rather hagiography, of thelate, brilliant Rex Stout, nowadays best remembered for his creation of the fictional detectives Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, goes all the way back to Stout's maternal and paternal ancestors who arrived in America in the 17th century.
While McAleer's volume has been criticized as "one of the most trivia-crammed and uncritical works ever written by a Professor of English" (David Langford, Million Magazine, 1992, reproduced at ...l), nonetheless it is the only complete biography of one of the most astonishing figures of the 20th-century American literary landscape.
Stout, of Quaker ancestry for five generations on both sides of his family, was the embodiment of both the puritan work ethic and the true heir of his distant relation Benjamin Franklin, in that no moss grew on the man: he kept busy from the day he was born until the day he died, originating and becoming independently wealthy from business enterprises, founding and managing literary and charitable foundations, and producing a prodigious literary output which was at once entertaining and also reflecting a liberal and world-federalist social conscience in a fashion acceptable to most Americans even at the depths of the Nixon-Jenner-McCarthy anticommunist hysteria of the late 1940's and early 1950's.
While McAleer's compendium of the minutiae of Stout's existence predicated upon long personal acquaintance, friendship with and love for Stout and his works may not be to the casual reader's taste, those of us who have dimly glimpsed the soul of one the masters of American letters reflected in his witty and amusing detective fiction can savor Stout's genius in this remarkable book.
August
Well researched and well written. There is much more to this author than Nero and Archie This biography not only covers the famous author, and his many friends and associates, but includes a good look at the family from which he came. In fact, without knowing where he came from, you really can't know him. Entertainng and highly recommended for all Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe fans.
Freaky Hook
I've wanted this biography for some time now. Glad to have a copy that still has its shrink wrap. I will read this one again.
Linn
Nice book in great condition.my husband is enjoying it. Shipping was fast.
LONUDOG
Got the wrong book. Since I did have that novel I kept it.
Samutilar
You can't have it both ways: a readable dramatic biography and one that presents a body of meticulous research. McAleer's book is in the later category and measured as a product of exhaustive research, it is excellent, but not exciting to read. McAleer is both an enthusiastic admirer and diligent chronicler which are both estimable, but I wish that McAleer had included more critical judgement. I am a Rex Stout admirer, I put him in the circle with Doyle, Chandler and Hammett, but there is something about Stout, something provincial and unsophisticated, that I wish McAleer had shed some light on, but I don't think he could do so without a level of critical insight, which he either did not have, or intentionally left out. I suspect the latter.
I'm a big fan of the old Nero Wolfe mystery novels and I looked forward to reading this book and finding out about the man who created the great detective and his wise-cracking sidekick, Archie Goodwin. The Wolfe mysteries bridged the gap between the classic "cozy" mysteries of Agatha Christie the "hardboiled" PI novels of Raymond Chandler.

This biography, however, was a bit of a mixed bag. It won an Edgar Award and Stout was a truly fascinating and inspiring figure. He actually had three separate writing careers (a pulp writer, an avante garde novelist and a great detective story writer); became a successful businessman; was a gourmet cook; built his own house; and was a political activist and lifetime crusader for authors' rights who maintained an active life well into his eighties. Yet somehow all of this comes off a little dull in McAleer's biography. Stout's incredible life gets bogged down in an avalanche of details. First there's a lengthy and complex genealogy of Stout's family. Then every meeting Stout attended over the course of his long life is accompanied by a list of every other attendee, which really gets tedious. And so on. On the other hand,if you're looking for the man behind Nero Wolfe, this is the place to go. Its a definitive biography and solid contribution to the field of literary biography. I just wish McAleer had a little more of Rex Stout's storytelling ability.
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