Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville
This book has nothing to do with Wolfe or Stout at all but is an interesting book I think Stout fans might enjoy. Saw a mention of it in a mystery story (Mr. Clubb and Mr. Chuff by Peter Straub which can be found it the collection Murder For Revenge, edited by Otto Penzler) that I read the other day and decided to look it up and see if I could find it as it sounded interesting. Tis a very strange book. Fairly short and one I will read again in a few months after I have had time to digest it a bit more. It does make you think.