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Ken Kesey

Kenneth Elton Kesey was an American author born in 1935, in Colorado, to dairy farming parents. His family moved to Oregon when he was 11, and Kesey spent his adolescence and early adulthood there. His keen interest in writing began at the University of Oregon′s School of Journalism, and he relocated to California in 1958 to attend the creative writing program at Stanford.

Kesey′s earliest two novels, Zoo, about San Francisco beatniks, and End of Autumn, about a working class student who receives a scholarship to an Ivy League university, were written in 1959 and 1960 respectively, but never published. He founded the Merry Pranksters in the sixties and became a cult hero, a phenomenon documented by Tom Wolfe in his book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. He died in 2001.

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One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ken Kesey




Penguin Classics

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A deluxe edition of the classic American novel focuses on Randle Patrick McMurphy, a criminal who feigns insanity and is admitted to a mental hospital where he challenges the autocratic authority of the head nurse, accompanied by an introduction by Robert Faggen, a foreword by Chuck Palahniuk, and drawings the author made when he worked at the psychiatric hospital that served as the inspiration for his powerful novel. Reissue. 30,000 first printing.

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Other editions: Hardcover - 2008, Softcover - 2006, 2006, 2005, 2005, 2005, Softcover - 2003, Hardcover - 2003, 2002, Hardcover - 2002

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