Jerzy (Nikodem) Kosiński (born under the surname of Lewinkopf, also used the pseudonym of Joseph Novak) was born on June 14, 1933 in Łódź, died in 1991 in New York.
Kosiński studied under the supervision of Józef Chałasiński at the University of Łódź. He graduated with a diploma in political science and history. After earning his degrees, he became an assistant at the Institute of History and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). In 1957, he left Poland with a scholarship to the United States where he stayed permanently. In 1965, he received the American citizenship. Kosiński obtained grants from the Guggenheim Fellowship (1967), Ford Foundation (1968) and the American Academy (1970). Kosiński graduated from Columbia University. He lectured at Yale University, Princeton University, Davenport University and Wesleyan University. Among many honours and distinctions, Kosiński received the prestigious National Book Award (1969), National Institute of Arts and Letters Award (1970) and Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (1966). He was also honoured by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1973, he was appointed the President of the American PEN Club. He held the chair for two terms. Kosiński was the President of Oxford Institute of Polish-Jewish Studies.
Aside from writing, Kosiński was also an actor (he acted inin 1981), a photographer and a screenwriter (he wrote a screenplay based on his own novel , which was produced in 1980).
Kosiński's novels have been translated into many languages around the world.