We are all vainer of our luck than of our merits.

– Rex Stout

Observant fans of P.G. Wodehouse may have noticed that both Bertie and Aunt Dahlia enjoy the occasional Rex Stout book. Wodehouse and Stout— whose books often star the Falstaffian Nero Wolfe—were good friends and mutual fans. Stout was born in Indiana, 127 years ago.


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