Jerzy Kosinski: An Annotated Bibliography

Hardcover | August 1, 1991

byGloria L. Cronin, Blaine H. Hall

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The subject of divided critical opinion because of the experimental nature of his writings and his use of radical subject matter, Jerzy Kosinski, author of such novels as The Painted Bird and Being There, nevertheless ranks among the most celebrated of contemporary American authors. By the time of his death in May 1991, 70 million copies of his novels were in circulation. He received various academic posts, awards, and fellowships during his lifetime--these and the immense popularity of his writings confirm Kosinski as a major figure in modern American literature. The range of critical response is in evidence in this carefully annotated bibliography. It comprises listings of both primary and secondary sources on Kosinski through 1990. The primary sources provide editions of his novels, recordings, nonfiction books, miscellaneous writings, and interviews. Secondary sources include reference materials, books and monographs, biographical sources, dissertations, and criticism and reviews specific to particular works. Access is facilitated by author and subject indexes. The work will be of special value to those interested in Holocaust and expatriate fiction as well as to students of twentieth-century American and American-Jewish literature in general.

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The subject of divided critical opinion because of the experimental nature of his writings and his use of radical subject matter, Jerzy Kosinski, author of such novels as The Painted Bird and Being There, nevertheless ranks among the most celebrated of contemporary American authors. By the time of his death in May 1991, 70 million copi...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 9.78 × 6.14 × 0.58 inPublished:August 1, 1991Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313274428

ISBN - 13:9780313274428

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?Jerzy Kosinski shocked the world by taking his life in his New York apartment on May 3, 1991, a national holiday of his native Poland. Thus, this bibliography acquires a very special significance, and its personal aspect is augmented by the style of the annotations, which deliberately reflect Kosinski's "tone and choice of language." The first part, "Primary Sources," is divided into listings of fiction, miscellaneous writings, and interviews. In fiction, novels are separated from short stories. The miscellaneous writings list makes clear distinctions among articles, books, recordings, and reviews. The same clarity applies to Part 2, "Secondary Sources." After three introductory sections dealing with biobibliographic sources in general, the section titled "Criticism and Reviews" turns to the author's individual works of fiction, starting alphabetically with Being There and ending with Steps. Reviews of nonfiction appear under a separate listing. Foreign-language sources have deservedly earned a special place. Dissertations are also listed as a separate section of "Secondary Sources." Recordings are another feature that makes this bibliography personal; interviews, as stated, are treated here as primary sources. Expertly prepared author and subject indexes enable one to find desired information quickly and readily. As a concession to practicality, items not available through national interlibrary loan sources have been left out. This and many other features make this volume a model of bibliography devoted to the writings of a single author. It would hardly be an exaggeration to state that this work is a bright spot within the author's tragedy. Both undergraduate and graduatecollections.?-Choice