Born in Indiana but grew up in Topeka, this Kansas crime writer created the character Nero Wolfe.
Mystery fans called him the greatest mystery writer of the 20th century.
When he was growing up, his father was a teacher and encouraged this Kansan to read the bible twice by the time he was four years old. He did.
He was the state spelling bee champion by the time he was 13 years old.
From 1906 to 1908, this Kansan served in the U.S. Navy as a yeoman on President Teddy Roosevelt’s yacht. Afterwards, he worked in a series of jobs which allowed him to create a school banking system that kept track of children’s saving’s accounts at schools. He received royalties for this and that money allowed him to travel Europe, and, in turn, provided him with the inspiration and creativity to write romance, adventure and detective stories.
In 1934, he published his first detective fiction, “Fer-de-Lance” which introduced the character Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin. After 1938, he began publishing a book a year through 1966 on the adventures of Nero Wolfe.
He served as president of the Authors Guild and of the Mystery Writers of America, which in 1959 presented him with the Grand Master Award — the pinnacle of achievement in the mystery field.
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