photo credits: Eric Koch / Anefo - CC-Zero
country of citizenship:
Poland, United States of America
educated at: Columbia University
occupation: screenwriter, novelist, writer, author
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Writers Guild of America Award, National Book Award, National Book Award for Fiction
Jerzy Kosiński (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjɛʐɨ kɔˈɕiɲskʲi]; June 18, 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, immigrated to the U.S., where he became a citizen.
He was known for various novels, among them The Painted Bird (1965) and Being There (1970), which was adapted as a film (1979).
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