Ed Price collection of Rex Stout
- 1934 - 2004
Scope and Contents
Assembled by Ed Price, this collection contains articles, novellas, and short stories written by Rex Stout, often as serial publications. Many of the short stories and novellas were later turned into novels and republished under different titles, which is noted with the corresponding story. Also included are photographs and posters from movies and television shows based on Stout’s novels, and a comic strip about Stout's detective character, Nero Wolfe. Additionally, the collection contains a menu and shirt from the Wolfe Pack, a Nero Wolfe literary society.
- Stout, Rex, 1886-1975 (Person)
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Collection is open for research.
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These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.
Biographical note: Rex Stout
Rex Stout was an American author best known for his detective fiction. He was born December 1, 1886 in Noblesville, Indiana, the sixth of nine children. In 1887 his parents, John and Lucetta Stout, bought a forty-acre farm south of Topeka, Kansas, where Stout grew up. As a young man, Stout tried several trades, including bookkeeping (with a stint in the Navy as a bookkeeper on Theodore Roosevelt’s yacht), ushering at an opera house in Topeka, studying law, and working as a cigar store clerk. He also traveled around the United States and began to work seriously at writing.
Stout published serialized novels and short stories throughout the 1910s, mostly in All Story magazine, but took a break from writing in 1916 when he settled in New York City, married Fay Kennedy, and started a savings and loan business for students with his brother, called the Educational Thrift Service (ETS), which he left in 1929. He and Fay spend the next couple of years in Europe. He worked on the first of several "straight" novels he would produce, How Like a God (1929). He published several more novels in this vein. In 1931, he and Fay divorced. The next year he married Pola Weinbach Hoffman, a textile designer, and together they had two daughters, Barbara (1933) and Rebecca (1937).
In 1934, Stout wrote his first novel featuring the characters Nero Wolfe and his sidekick Archie Goodwin, Fer-de-Lance. For the next four decades, he dedicated his career to writing the Nero Wolfe series. During that time, Stout wrote seventy-two Wolfe novels and novellas, which spawned several radio, television, and film adaptations, and built the dedicated fan base that would later become the Wolfe Pack. In 1969, he received the crime-fiction award, the Silver Dagger, from the Crime Writers' Association.
Stout was involved in the operation of many professional organizations, among them the Authors’ Guild and Authors’ League of America (both of which he served as president), the Dramatists Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, the Screen Writers’ Guild, and the Radio Writers Guild. He was also a lead figure in several political groups. During World War II he was chairman of the Writers’ War Board. He helped to found the Fight for Freedom Committee and Freedom House and gave a series of radio broadcasts concerning Axis propaganda called "Our Secret Weapon." Following the war he continued his political activism by helping to found and serving as president of both the Society for the Prevention of World War III and the Writers Board for World Government.
Rex Stout died on October 27, 1975 at the age of 89 at his estate, High Meadow, in Connecticut.
Anderson, David R. Rex Stout. New York: F. Ungar, 1984. Erickson, Scott W. "Stout, Rex.” In American National Biography Online, February 2000, https://doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1602260.
McAleer, John J. Rex Stout: A Biography. Boston: Little, Brown, 1977.
Biographical note: Ed Price
Ed (Isaac Edward) Price lives in New York City, New York. He is a Rex Stout enthusiast and assembled a considerable collection of Stout publications.
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Language of Materials
Ed Price's collection of writings by detective fiction author Rex Stout contains clippings of articles, novellas, and short stories, often published serially. The collection also includes promotional materials from movies and television shows based on Stout’s novels, and a menu and shirt from the Wolfe Pack, a Nero Wolfe literary society.
Gift of Ed Price, September 2018.
Published works associated with this collection have been transferred within the Burns Library and can be found in the Boston College Library catalog.
- Ed Price Collection of Rex Stout
- 1934-2004 (bulk 1934-1981)
- Stephanie Hall
- December 2018
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