The Best-Kept Boy in the World: The Short, Scandalous Life of Denny Fouts, Muse to Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, and Christopher Isherwood
by Arthur Vanderbilt
Magnus Books. 190 pages, $19.99
THERE’S an oft-repeated quotation by Truman Capote, who learned of Denham Fouts’ 1933 meeting with Adolph Hitler through his affiliation with the brother of World War I flying ace Manfred “the Red Baron” von Richtofen. Capote quipped that “had Denham Fouts yielded to Hitler’s advances there would have been no World War Two.”
“Denny Fouts” is a name that circulates in the margins of gay history.