Much has been written regarding the parentage and origins of Nero Wolfe. Below are links to some of them. Rex Stout's presentation, Watson Was a Woman,
at the January 31, 1941 Baker Street Irregulars (BSI) meeting may have started the commotion. His tongue-in-cheek humour did not fare well in that venue, so various BSI members over the course of time have investigated the parentage of Nero Wolfe. For full coverage of the phenomena, see:
Wolfe's Parentage page.
Click here to read the transcribed speech of Watson Was A Woman. It was also published in:
- The Saturday Review of Literature, Vol 23, No. 19 (March 1, 1941)
- Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Issue #29, April, 1946
- Misc. BSI and Sherlockian publications
Other references to Rex Stout's Baker Street Irregular activities: