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Ken Kesey (1935–2001)

Kesey burst into the literary scene with the "Cuckoo's Nest" in 1962 which he wrote from his experiences working at a veterans hospital. During this period, he volunteered for the testing on the drug LSD. After writing his second novel, "Sometimes A Great Notion," he bought an old school bus dubbed "Further." With Neal Cassidy at the wheel and ... See full bio »


(age 66) in Eugene, Oregon, USA

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 2011 Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (Documentary) (based on the works of) / (words and recordings)
 2000 Twister: A Musical Catastrophe (Video) (play "Twister: A Ritual Reality in Three Quarters Plus Overtime if Necessary")
 1993 Drug-Taking and the Arts (Documentary) (notebooks)
 1976 Toestanden (novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest")
 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (based on the novel by)
 1971 Sometimes a Great Notion (novel)
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Childrens book: "Sea Lion: A Story of the Sea Cliff People". See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Articles | See more »

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[on not being mentioned as author of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', when it won the Best Picture award] Oscar night should have been one of the great days of my life, like my wedding. I really love movies. When they can be turned around to break your heart like this, well, it's like something you never thought would happen.


In 1959 he volunteered for drug experiments at a hospital in Menlo Park, California, where he worked in the psychiatric ward. That served as his inspiration for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". He was not, as many have come to believe, a patient in the ward when he volunteered for those experiments. He worked there as an attendant. See more »

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