Bruss, Paul. Victims: Textual Strategies in Recent American Fiction. Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1981. Explores the strategies of three writers, including Kosinski, and their alliance with the idealist tradition. Examines Kosinski’s early fiction with regard to his use of language, as well as his novels Steps, Cockpit, and Blind Date. A selected bibliography of primary and secondary sources is provided.
Everman, Welch D. Jerzy Kosinski: The Literature of Violation. San Bernardino, Calif.: Borgo Press, 1991.
Fein, Richard J. “Jerzy Kosinski.” In Contemporary Novelists, edited by James Vinson. London: St. James Press, 1976. Includes comments by Kosinski and critical appraisal of his most distinguished novels. Fein honors the vision of Kosinski and sees his works as “strange hymns to suffering.”
Lavers, Norman. Jerzy Kosinski. Boston: Twayne, 1982. An appreciative critical study that considers Kosinski a major writer. Discusses his fiction and nonfiction novels with some biographical information and provides considerable critical commentary on The Painted Bird. Contains a selected bibliography. A useful introduction to the beginning reader of Kosinski.
Lilly, Paul R., Jr. Words in Search of Victims: The Achievement of Jerzy Kosinski. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1988. A full-length appreciative critical study of Kosinski’s novels with much of interest and value for the Kosinski scholar. Includes a discussion of the controversy with The Village Voice, which attacked Kosinski’s authenticity and compositional methods.
Lupack, Barbara Tepa. Plays of Passion, Games of Chance: Jerzy Kosinski and His Fiction. Bristol, Ind.: Wyndham Hall Press, 1988.
Sloan, James Park. Jerzy Kosinski: A Biography. New York: Dutton, 1996. An excellent, updated biography of the author.
Tepa Lupack, Barbara, ed. Critical Essays on Jerzy Kosinski. New York: G. K. Hall, 1998. Thoughtful essays on Kosinski’s writing. Includes bibliographical references and an index.