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Ken Kesey

(1935—2001) American novelist


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(1935–2001),

born in Colorado, graduated from the University of Oregon, later studied at Stanford, and once worked as a ward attendant in a mental hospital which provided background for his comic macabre novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), whose tone also animates his second novel, Sometimes a Great Notion (1964), about a feud between two brothers in an Oregon lumber town. Kesey's Garage Sale (1973) collects diverse writings, mainly autobiographical. His loose life-style during the 60s, touring around in a bus with his socalled Merry Pranksters, was the subject of an essay by Tom Wolfe in his Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

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