Rex Stout received thousands of letters from fans and answered all but perhaps the unanswerable. Here are a few.
A small selection of personal correspondence from the Stout family archives:
- the story of one lucky fan's meeting with Rex Stout at High Meadow.
- July, 1943 Correspondence with the IRS (sounds like Archie wrote this)
- 1973 -- to a Viking copy editor regarding job performance (sounds like Wolfe wrote this)
Links to Letters from some famous fans
- To John McAleer about Stout (solicited from friends of Rex Stout for use in writing his biography)
- from Clifton Fadiman
- from Sylvan and Eleanor Furman (noted psychologist)
- from Mark Van Doren
To Rex Stout from friends and admirers
- Carl Sandburg
- Ian Fleming (with a copy of the famous reference to Wolfe in On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
- Harry Truman
- Margaret Farrar (wife of John Farrar, publisher of pre-war Wolfe books)
- Marlene Dietrich
Below are just a few of his responses to fan mail. If you have a letter from Rex Stout, please send a copy to the webmaster (webmaster at nero wolfe dot org).
1. Mr. Stout sent the following letter to a young Jane K. Cleland (nee Chessman), the author of the Josie Prescott mystery series and fellow Wolfe Pack Member.
2. Mr. Stout's response to Suzanne Epstein's letter
3. Mr. Stout's Responses to Mr. William Farley & Mrs. B. Jo Farley