Ken Kesey


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

Died
November 10, 2001

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Ken Kesey was 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. He 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 h
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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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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, 331 pages, 1955
 
  57 votes, 16.3%

 
  45 votes, 12.9%

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 592 pages, 1957
 
  29 votes, 8.3%

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 329 pages, 1856
 
  28 votes, 8.0%

 
  28 votes, 8.0%

 
  25 votes, 7.2%

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages, 1935
 
  23 votes, 6.6%

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, 464 pages, 1847
 
  23 votes, 6.6%

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, 521 pages, 1854
 
  20 votes, 5.7%

 
  19 votes, 5.4%

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, 964 pages, 1877
 
  19 votes, 5.4%

King Lear by William Shakespeare, 338 pages, 1603
 
  16 votes, 4.6%

 
  14 votes, 4.0%

Rob Roy by Walter Scott, 501 pages, 1817
 
  3 votes, 0.9%

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