Have you heard of Charles Leslie? Thomas Mann pinched his butt. He has the biggest penis collection in the world. He is one of the fathers of modern New York's SoHo neighborhood. And he is together with his partner Fritz Lohman founder of the first museum for gay and lesbian art in the world. Best-selling author Kevin Clarke discovered this incredible life story. It is a contribution to gay (cultural) history, rich in variety, with many images of Charles Leslie's art collection.
The German-Irish publicist Dr. Kevin Clarke was born in Berlin in 1967. He studied musicology and literature at the Freie Universitat Berlin and the University of Milan before working as a journalist for the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel and the magazines Bunte and Playboy. From 2003 onwards he wrote for the opera magazine Orpheus and De Groene Amsterdammer from the Netherlands. He produced a series of broadcasts for the German radio station SWR on Composers in Exile and wrote his PhD on Emmerich Kalman and the Transatlantic Operetta 1928-1932. In 2007, his books Glitter and be Gay: Authentic Operetta and Its Gay Admirers and The White Horse Inn: The History of an International Success were published. In 2009, he gave a lecture on The Pornography of Operetta at the University of Amiens, which kicked off his current interest in the general history of porn. In 2006, Clarke founded the Operetta Research Center Amsterdam of which he is the director. He teaches at the Conservatory of Tilburg and was curator of the 2010 exhibition Erik Charell and the Homosexuality of Operetta at the Schwule Museum Berlin. From 2011-2013 he was editor-in-chief of the German magazine Manner.