Ken Kesey


Born
in La Junta, Colorado, The United States
September 17, 1935

Died
November 10, 2001

Genre


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, CO, and brought up in Eugene, OR. 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 s
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Kesey's Garage Sale

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More books by Ken Kesey…
“Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.”
Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

“It isn't by getting out of the world that we become enlightened, but by getting into the world…by getting so tuned in that we can ride the waves of our existence and never get tossed because we become the waves.”
Ken Kesey, Kesey's Garage Sale

“All I know is this: nobody's very big in the first place, and it looks to me like everybody spends their whole life tearing everybody else down.”
Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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2017 4th Quarter Long Read

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 672 pages, 1859
 
  49 votes, 15.4%

The Arabian Nights, 1049 pages, 800
 
  41 votes, 12.9%

East of Eden by John Steinbeck. 601 pages, 1952
 
  40 votes, 12.5%

The Red and the Black by Stendhal, 608 pages, 1830
 
  22 votes, 6.9%

 
  22 votes, 6.9%

 
  21 votes, 6.6%

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 1168 pages, 1957
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, 909 pages, 1353
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, 1079 pages, 1966
 
  15 votes, 4.7%

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, 801 pages, 1865
 
  13 votes, 4.1%

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  13 votes, 4.1%

 
  11 votes, 3.4%

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, 1474 pages, 1993
 
  9 votes, 2.8%

 
  9 votes, 2.8%

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, 640 pages, 1964
 
  8 votes, 2.5%

Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo, 1424 pages, 1978
 
  7 votes, 2.2%

The Winds of War by Herman Wouk, 896 pages, 1971
 
  5 votes, 1.6%

Raintree County by Ross Lockridge Jr., 1088 pages, 1948
 
  2 votes, 0.6%

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