Ken Kesey

Topics: Ken Kesey, Beat Generation, Timothy Leary Pages: 2 (570 words) Published: February 15, 2013


• One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Viking, 1973.
• Sometimes a Great Notion, Viking, 1964.
• Kesey's Garage Sale, Viking, 1973.
• Kesey, Northwest Review of Books, 1977 (Edited by Michael Strelow). • The Day After Superman Died, Lord John Press, 1980.
• Demon Box, Viking, 1986.
• The Further Inquiry, Viking 1990
• Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear, Viking 1990. • The Sea Lion, Viking, 1991.
• Sailor Song, Viking, 1992.
• Last Round Up, Viking, 1994


American writer, who gained world fame with his novel ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1962, filmed 1975). In the 1960s, Kesey became a counterculture hero and a guru of psychedelic drugs with Timothy Leary. Kesey has been called the Pied Piper, who changed the beat generation into the hippie movement. Ken Kesey was born in La Junta, Colorado, and brought up in Eugene, Oregon. His father worked in the creamery business, in which he was eventually successful after founding the Eugene Farmers Cooperative. Kesey spent his early years hunting, fishing, swimming; he learned to box and wrestle, and he was a star football player. He studied at the University of Oregon, where he acted in college plays. On graduating he won a scholarship to Stanford University. Kesey soon dropped out, joined the counterculture movement, and began experimenting with drugs. In 1956 he married his school sweetheart, Faye Haxby. Kesey attended a creative writing course taught by the novelist Wallace Stegner. His first work was an unpublished novel, ZOO, about the beatniks of the North Beach community in San Francisco. Tom Wolfe described in his book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968) Kesey and his friends, called the Merry Pranksters, as they travelled the country and used all kinds of hallucinogens. Wolfe compared somewhat mockingly Kesey to the figures of the world's great religions. Their bus, called Further -...
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