St. Martin’s, 1996

Barnes & Noble

“Written out of a deep immersion in Lewisiana….the book reflects its subject not just in its energy and drive but also in its inelegance and sprawl….Mr. Levy keeps his balance. Spot-check him on individual topics…and you find the author striving to be scrupulously fair.” — New York Times

“You don’t have to be French to enjoy this exhaustive and exhausting study of one of the great icons of American comedy.” — Library Journal

“Put your mitts together for this ‘sock’ biography of one of the last of the great entertainers….this scrupulous, skillful, incessantly fair account should go a long way toward restoring Lewis to his proper place in the entertainment firmament.” — Kirkus Reviews