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Jerzy Kosinski, Polish Novelist Born Józef Lewinkopf, Who Survived World War II Through The Protection Of Peasants Who Kept Hidden His Jewish Identity From Occupying German Authorities, An Experience He Fictionalized In His Famed Novel "The Painted Bird", Is Here Interviewed On The Signature Television Series In 1983, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 23 Minutes). #JerzyKosinski #Novelists #Authors #Writers #Screenwriters #PEN #Holocaust #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #ThePaintedBird #BeingThere #Literature #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Jerzy Kosinski, Polish-American novelist and screenwriter (June 14, 1933 - May 3, 1991) was born Jozef Lewinkopf to Jewish parents in Lodz, Poland. He was a two-time President of the American Chapter of P.E.N. (a worldwide association of writers, founded in London in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere) 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), a book about life during the Holocaust, and Being There (1970), the latter of which was adapted as a film (1979). In June 1982, a Village Voice report by Geoffrey Stokes and Eliot Fremont-Smith accused Kosinski of plagiarism, claiming that much of his work was derivative of prewar books unfamiliar to English readers, and that Being There was a plagiarism of Kariera Nikodema Dyzmy - The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma - a 1932 Polish bestseller by Tadeusz Dolega-Mostowicz. They also alleged Kosinski wrote The Painted Bird in Polish, and had it secretly translated into English. The report claimed that Kosinski's books had actually been ghost-written by "assistant editors", finding stylistic differences among Kosinski's novels. Kosinski, according to them, had depended upon his free-lance editors for "the sort of composition that we usually call writing." American biographer James Sloan notes that New York poet, publisher and translator, George Reavey, claimed to have written The Painted Bird for Kosinski. Kosinski suffered from multiple illnesses towards the end of his life, and he continued to be under attack from journalists who accused him of plagiarism. By his late 50s, he was suffering from an irregular heartbeat, as well as severe physical and nervous exhaustion. He committed suicide on May 3, 1991, by ingesting a lethal amount of alcohol and drugs and wrapping a plastic bag around his head, suffocating to death. His suicide note read: "I am going to put myself to sleep now for a bit longer than usual. Call it Eternity.".