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Rex Stout
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    (December 1, 1886-October 27, 1975)
    Born in Noblesville, Indiana
    Created the fictional detective Nero Wolfe
    Books include 'The President Vanishes' (1934), 'Fer-de-Lance' (1934), 'Too Many Cooks' (1938), 'Black Orchids' (1942), 'Murder by the Book' (1951), 'Three for the Chair' (1957), 'Gambit' (1962) and 'A Family Affair' (1975)
    Received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America (1959)
    His odd jobs before becoming a writer ranged from cigar store clerk to training jumping pigs.
    He advocated for a one-world government after WWII.
    He alienated his liberal friends when he became a hawk on the Vietnam War.
    After his death, another author was hired to crank out further Nero Wolfe stories.
    During World War II, he joined the Fight for Freedom organization and chaired the Writers' War Board, producing Allied propaganda.
    He refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare.
    J. Edgar Hoover added over a hundred pages to his FBI file kvetching about how the Bureau was portrayed in one of his Nero Wolfe books.
    Ian Fleming called him 'one of the most civilized minds that has ever been applied to the art of the thriller.'

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