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Jerzy Kosinski - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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Stories about Jerzy Kosinski

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Jerzy Kosinski, Polish-born Jewish novelist and author of Being There and The Painted Bird
Jerzy Kosinski   (1933 - 1991)
 
Category:  Polish Literature
 
Born:  June 18, 1933
Lodz, Poland
 
Died:  May 3, 1991
New York City, New York, United States
 
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Jerzy Kosinski - LIFE STORIES
 
 
6/14/1933     Being and Not Being There
On this day in 1933 Jerzy Kosinski was born, as Jerzy Lewinkopf, in Lodz, Poland. Kosinski's father changed the family name at the beginning of WWII in an effort to escape persecution as a Jew. As described later in Kosinski's international best-seller, The Painted Bird, this plan went horribly wrong -- and then decades later stories began to surface that it and other aspects of Kosinski's life didn't happen at all.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Being There
fiction
 
Passing by: Selected Essays, 1962-1991
essays
 
The Painted Bird
fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Jerzy Kosinski: A Biography
by James Park Sloan
biography
 
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Books in Review
A review of James Park Sloan's recent biography. Outlines the autobiographical fiction Kosinki invented for himself and the truth about his life and death by suicide in 1991, touching upon the motives behind the writer's fabrications.

"Even as his star was ascending, however, Kosinski was all but finished as a writer. His last six books became progressively more trivial, self-absorbed, and unreadable; and there drew closer the day of his exposure as a literary fraud. In June 1982, the Village Voice revealed that Kosinski (for whom English was a second language) had made extensive use of translators and collaborators to write all his books, and then had concealed the fact. George Reavey, a poet who was embittered by his own lack of literary success, complained to anyone who would listen that he wrote The Painted Bird. But Reavey was only one of several who could have made the same complaint, and not only about The Painted Bird...."
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