BOOKS: THE NUTTY BIOGRAPHEE

HERE AT LAST--A SERIOUS LIFE OF JERRY LEWIS

"For almost half a century," begins a fine new biography of one of our best-loved/least-loved entertainers, "America has had more of Jerry Lewis than it has known what to do with. Indeed, it has had more Jerry Lewises than it has known what to do with." O.K., let's see. There's Jerry Lewis the assaultively maudlin telethon host, choking up as he sings You'll Never Walk Alone to "his" kids. There's Jerry Lewis whose bitter falling out with former partner Dean Martin is probably better remembered than the duo's actual body of work. There's Jerry Lewis the director and star of the...

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