Wolfe Tone as a child (on the right)

From the beginning the French were reluctant allies, already more concerned with the building of a post-revolutionary empire than with helping aspiring republicans in other countries. Tone’s task became one of simultaneously encouraging the revolutionary movement in Ireland and restraining it until he received a promise of French help on a scale that would ensure success. Despite countless setbacks, he persisted with his typical determination and eventually succeeded in having a fleet sent to Ireland, with himself on board, which would be the signal for revolt; but violent storms prevented its landing at , and the battered fleet returned to France, to Tone’s unspeakable frustration.

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One thing which does set the Wolfe books apart from many others in the P.I. genre is their somewhat lighter and livelier tone; the stories often have reasonably happy endings, rather than the cold ashes and hangovers of the average op's life. A few don't end quite so well, particularly Stout's last Nero Wolfe novel, (1975). Written at the height of the Watergate scandal, it's probably the darkest of the Wolfe stories; Stout, a deeply patriotic man who often subtly worked his concerns about American life into his mystery plots, seems to have been writing under a cloud of anger and frustration at the corruption revealed in the Nixon administration. His death soon after left the book a sour and unexpected ending to his great creation.


Theobald Wolfe Tone was the son of a Protestant Dublin carriage-maker

Over Wolfe's 40-year literary lifespan (with several additional and officially sanctioned adventures written by Robert Goldsborough), the fat genius and his sharp-eyed (and smart-mouthed) assistant bring down murderers, blackmailers, wartime traitors, and even (on one memorable occasion) leave J. Edgar Hoover out in the snow. These are men who make a good living at a difficult and dangerous business, not minor lords or churchmen who happened to be at the garden party when the butler was stabbed.


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"Robert Frost believed sentence tones (which he called 'sound of sense') are 'already there—living in the cave of the mouth.' He considered them 'real cave things: they were before words were' (Thompson 191). To write a 'vital sentence,' he believed, 'we must write with the ear on the speaking voice' (Thompson 159). 'The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader. Eye readers miss the best part. The sentence sound often says more than the words' (Thompson 113). According to Frost:

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In 1986, the first of seven new Wolfe novels by former journalist Robert Goldsborough (with the consent of the Stout estate) was released, and were successful enough that an eighteen year histus, the series was resumed in 2012.

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"Tone in writing . . . can range from formal and impersonal (a scientific report) to informal and personal (an to a friend or a how-to for consumers). Your tone can be unprofessionally or diplomatically agreeable.

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The show turned out to be quite popular with fans, though it struggled in the ratings. Part of the problem may have been the show's too-cute-by-half notion of a recurring troup of actors appearing in all episodes. It was hard to get your head around a killer one week being a suspect the next or possibly the victim. The plots, as they were, were intricate enough. Still, Chaykin was, as usual, impressively solid as Wolfe, and Hutton, as a flippant, wise-cracking Archie, was a relevation, all nervous energy and slick style. Alas, A&E cancelled the show after only two seasons.

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For one kind of writing, an author may choose one type of vocabulary, perhaps , and for another the same writer may choose an entirely different set of words. . . .

"Even such small matters as make a difference in tone, the contracted verbs being less formal: