Jerzy Kosiński  

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Jerzy Kosiński (June 14, 1933 – May 3, 1991), born Józef Lewinkopf, was a Polish-American novelist and two-time President of the American Chapter of P.E.N., who wrote primarily in English. Born in Poland, he survived World War II and, as a young man, emigrated to the U.S., where he became a citizen.

He was known for various novels, among them Being There (1970) and The Painted Bird (1965), which were adapted as films in 1979 and 2019 respectively.


  • The Future Is Ours, Comrade: Conversations with the Russians (1960), published under the pseudonym "Joseph Novak"
  • No Third Path (1962), published under the pseudonym "Joseph Novak"
  • The Painted Bird (1965, revised 1976)
  • The Art of the Self: Essays à propos Steps (1968)
  • Steps (1968)
  • Being There (1970)
  • By Jerzy Kosinski: Packaged Passion. (1973)
  • The Devil Tree (1973, revised & expanded 1982)
  • Cockpit (1975)
  • Blind Date (1977)
  • Passion Play (1979)
  • Pinball (1982)
  • The Hermit of 69th Street (1988, revised 1991)
  • Passing By: Selected Essays, 1962–1991 (1992)
  • Oral Pleasure: Kosinski as Storyteller (2012)


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