Kosinski, Jerzy, 1933-1991

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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 School of Drama. Kosinski's early works of nonfiction were written under the pseudonym of Joseph Novak: The Future is Ours, Comrade (1960) and No Third Path (1962). His works of fiction include The Painted Bird (1965), Steps (1968), Being There (1971), Devil Tree (1973), Cockpit (1975), Blind Date (1977), Passion Play (1979), Pinball (1982) and The Hermit of 69th Street : the working papers of Norbert Kosky (1988).
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referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn New York Times Company records. A.M. Rosenthal papers, 1955-1994, 1967-1986 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn World Jewish Congress Records, 1918-1982, 1940-1980 The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1875-2004 (inclusive), 1936-2000 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Katherina von Fraunhofer-Kosinski collection of Jerzy Kosinski 1906-2005 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Kosinski, Jerry. Kosinski, Jerry : [photography bio file]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
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associatedWith Ashby, Hal, 1929-1988 person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Columbia University corporateBody
honoredBy John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1959 corporateBody
spouseOf Kiki Kosinski. person
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith Polanski, Roman person
associatedWith Rosenthal, A. M. (Abraham Michael), 1922-2006 person
associatedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
spouseOf Weir, Mary Hayward. person
associatedWith World Jewish Congress corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Manhattan NY US
Łódź 74 PL
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Polish literature--20th century


Death 1991-05-03

Birth 1933-06-18



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