Fore-Shadowed: Where Rex Stout Got the Idea for Fer-De-Lance

Green Bag Almanac and Reader, pp. 249-312, 2012

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-49

65 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2011 Last revised: 12 Jan 2012

Ross E. Davies

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; The Green Bag

Cattleya M. Concepcion

Green Bag Almanac & Reader

Date Written: November 21, 2011

Abstract

Researchers describing the discovery of something they are not equipped to fully understand run the risk that their reach will exceed their grasp. And so, as mere enthusiastic newcomers to the study of author Rex Stout, we will limit ourselves to: (1) reporting that we have run across an early (1916) detective story written by Stout and (2) sharing a few thoughts that would likely occur on first reading to anyone - and especially a lawyer - familiar with Stout’s later (beginning in 1934) detective stories featuring his Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin characters.

Keywords: Agatha Christie, Canby Rankin, Colonel Carson Phillips, copyright, crime, detectives, Fraser Mawson, golf, Golfers Magazine, intellectual property, investigation, John McAleer, Last Drive, law, Library of Congress, links, literature, murder, mysteries, poison dart, police, Ronald Knox, viaduct

JEL Classification: A20, C15, C80, C93, D01, D03, D23, D71, D72, D80, D81, D83, D87, K00, K2, K21, K23, K40

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ross E. and Concepcion, Cattleya M., Fore-Shadowed: Where Rex Stout Got the Idea for Fer-De-Lance (November 21, 2011). Green Bag Almanac and Reader, pp. 249-312, 2012; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-49. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1962907

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