Kosiński, Jerzy (1933-1991).

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Birth 1933-06-14
Death 1991-05-03
English, Polish

Biographical notes:

Jerzy Kosinski, Polish-American author, was born Józef Lewinkopf on June 14, 1933 in Łodź, Poland. His experiences as a war refugee and in post-war Poland informed his works of fiction, most notably The Painted Bird. He immigrated to the United States in 1957 and studied political sociology at Columbia University. Among his many honors is a National Book Award in 1969. In the early 1970s, Kosinski was a Visiting Professor at the Yale Drama School.

From the description of Katherina von Fraunhofer-Kosinski collection of Jerzy Kosinski, ca. 1953-[ongoing]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702158243

Jerzy Nikodem Kosinski was born on June 14, 1933 in Lodz, Poland, to Mieczyslaw and Elzbieta Lewinkopf. The family name was changed to enable them to blend in with the local population during the war. After the war, Jerzy finished high school and then obtained Masters degrees in Social Sciences and History from the University of Lodz. In 1957 he emigrated to the United States and began doctoral studies at Columbia University. He did not finish this degree, instead embarking on a literary career. In.

1960 he published his first book, The Future is Ours, Comrade, under the name Joseph Novak; its sequel was No Third Path. In 1965 he published The Painted Bird, his first novel. This was followed by Steps, which won the National Book Award in 1969, Being There (novel, 1971; screenplay, 1979), Cockpit (1975), Blind Date (1977), Passion Play (1979), Pinball (1982), and The Hermit of 69th Street (1988). Jerzy Kosinski was president of PEN for two terms, 1973-1975, and taught at Yale and Princeton Universities. He was active in the ACLU. He was married to Mary Weir in 1962; they divorced in 1966. In 1987 he married Katherina (Kiki) von Fraunhofer. They founded AmerBank, a Polish-American enterprise, in 1991. On May 3, 1991, Jerzy Kosinski committed suicide. After his death, a collection of his essays was published as Passing By.

From the description of Papers, 1957-1991. (Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies). WorldCat record id: 83935265


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