If You Have To Ask …

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 31 2012 @ 6:52pm


… you can't afford him. Richard Wall profiles Denny Fouts, 1914-1948:

[Fouts] played a starring role in the pre-war aristocratic bohemian scene in Europe, where the fun was extravagant and being gay was just fine. Denny amazed and inspired such literary greats as Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Christopher Isherwood, Somerset Maugham and Gavin Lambert, and his personality sparks the fiction, memoirs, diaries and letters of the most noted authors and artists of his day. Sixty-four years after his death, Denny Fouts is a cult figure in gay culture, best known by the sensational titles pinned on him. Capote dubbed him "The Best-Kept Boy in the World" (also the title of an upcoming book about Denny by Arthur Vanderbilt II). Isherwood and others repeated Denny’s reputation as "the most expensive male prostitute in the world."

(Hat tip: Zujaja Tauqeer)