Wildside Press. 2005
I was pleased to discover recently that The Nero Wolfe Files was available in a print edition. As I am the biggest (physically, if in no other way) Nero Wolfe addict around, I bought it instantly (and the sequel, The Archie Goodwin Files, on which I shall report once I have read it). As Mr. Wolfe would say, this is satisfactory. But not, I am somewhat sorry to say, very satisfactory.
It's a compilation of pieces (essays, transcriptions of speeches. and ephemera) related to the founding of the Wolfe Pack (http://www.nerowolfe.org/), a society devoted to the works of Rex Stout and the memory of Nero Wolfe. The Pack publishes a quarterly (or so) newsletter and host events in NYC and elsewhere. The historical pieces in The Nero Wolfe Files do a nice job of tracing the organization of the Pack, and provides some useful insight into Rex Stout as a human being. For that--roughly 80% of the book--it's worth the price. The ephemera (reproductions of dinner menus, limericks, and song lyrics composed at the Pack's annual dinners) are occasionally amusing, but mostly forgettable.
I would judge that this book will be of interest mostly to truly serious fans of Stout and Wolfe, and of lesser interest to the rest of t he mystery community.