Authors > Ken Kesey

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

In this classic novel of the 1960's, Ken Kesey's hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. But this defiance, which starts as a sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, an all-out war between two relentless opponents.

Year: 1962     Genre: LiteratureMadness

Sometimes a Great Notion

A bitter strike is raging in a small lumber town along the Oregon coast. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers: Henry, the fiercely vital and overpowering patriarch; Hank, the son who has spent his life trying to live up to his father; and Viv, who fell in love with Hank's exuberant machismo but now finds it wearing thin. And then there is Leland, Henry's bookish younger son, who returns to his family on a mission of vengeance - and finds himself fulfilling it in ways he never imagined.

Year: 1964     Genre: Family Drama

Demon Box

In this collection of short stories, Ken Kesey challenges public and private demons with a wrestler's brave and deceptive embrace, making it clear that the energy of madness must live on.

Year: 1986     Genre: Literature

Conversations with Ken Kesey

Though after his two great triumphs writing played a lesser role in Kesey's life, his interviews reveal a thoughtful and generous artist and citizen, who sometimes regrets the books that were sacrificed for the sake of his other pursuits. These conversations make clear Kesey's central place in American culture and offer his enduring lesson that the freedom exists to create lives as wildly as can be imagined.

Year: 2014     Genre: Autobiography

Sep 17, 1935 -- Nov 10, 2001
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YearTitle

1962One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Literature, Madness
1964Sometimes a Great Notion Family Drama
1968The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Testby Tom WolfeNon-fiction, New Journalism, Non-Fiction
1986Demon Box Literature, Short Stories
2014Conversations with Ken Kesey Autobiography, Non-Fiction