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Ken Kesey

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Wikipedia on Ken Kesey:


Ken Kesey was an American author and prolific throughout his life but he was probably best known as the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and as a cultural icon who some consider something of a link between the "beat generation" of the 1950s and the "hippies" of the 1960s.
Born in La Junta, Colorado, he spent much of his youth in the Pacific Northwest. There he married Faye Haxby, with whom he had three children, Jed, Zane and Shannon. He attended the University of Oregon, where he received a degree in speech and communication and was an Olympic-caliber wrestler. He was awarded a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship in 1958; he moved to Palo Alto, California to enroll in the creative writing program at Stanford University.
When the publication of his second novel Sometimes a Great Notion in 1964 required his presence in New York, Kesey, Cassady, and others in a group of friends they called the "Merry Pranksters" took a cross-country trip in a school bus nicknamed Further. In New York, Cassady introduced Kesey to Kerouac and to Allen Ginsberg, who in turn introduced them to Timothy Leary.
Kesey and some of the pranksters fled to Mexico when LSD was made illegal, renaming their bus Furthur in an intentionally feeble attempt at disguise. When the bus returned to the U.S. for an Acid Test Graduation, Kesey and some of his companions were arrested for possession of marijuana.
Kesey and some of the pranksters fled to Mexico when LSD was made illegal, renaming their bus Furthur in an intentionally feeble attempt at disguise. When the bus returned to the U.S. for an Acid Test Graduation, Kesey and some of his companions were arrested for possession of marijuana.

Dates:


(1935-2001)

Nationality:


American

Genre(s):


Novels; Essays

Notable Work:


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1962

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