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One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

ISBN-10: 0451163966

ISBN-13: 9780451163967

Edition: 1962

Authors: Ken kesey

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List price: $9.99
Copyright year: 1962
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/1/1963
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Ken Kesey, September 17, 1935 - November 10, 2001 Kenneth Elton "Ken" Kesey was born in Colorado on September 17, 1935. He graduated from the University of Oregon, and published two full-length novels that helped to give him a cult following. "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1962) owes much to Kesey's own experience as a ward attendant at the Menlo Park Veterans' Hospital. This exciting first novel was told from the point of view of a half-Indian man who thinks of himself as the Big Chief pictured on the writing tablets of everybody's school days looking out at the other inmates in a Disneylike world. Its portrayal of the doomed but heroic rebel McMurphy stood for a particular kind of American individualism. The book was adapted into a successful stage play by Dale Wasserman, and in 1975, Milos Forman directed a screen adaptation, which won the "Big Five" Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher), Best Director (Forman) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman). Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion (1964) is a long, complex novel that troubled many of his earlier readers. Kesey's most recent novel was Demon Box (1987); although it was somewhat well received, it was still compared unfavorably to his earlier works. His last major work was an essay for Rolling Stone magazine calling for peace in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. On October 25, 2001, Kesey had surgery on his liver to remove a tumor. He died of complications from the surgery on November 10, 2001. He was 66.

Life and Background of the Author
Introduction to the Novel
Critical Commentaries
They're Out There
When the Fog Clears
The New Man
In the Glass Station
Before Noontime
One Christmas
First Time for a Long, Long Time
Come Morning
All Through Breakfast
There's a Monopoly Game
There's Long Spells
A Visiting Doctor
It's Getting Hard
There's a Shipment of Frozen Parts
I Know How They Work It
Just at the Edge of My Vision
The Way the Big Nurse Acted
In the Group Meetings
Up Ahead of Me
Whatever It Was
They Take Me with the Acutes Sometimes
I Remember It Was Friday Again
Crossing the Grounds
After That
Two Whores
The Big Nurse
Up on Disturbed
There Had Been Times
I've Given What Happened Next
Character Analyses
Critical Essays
CliffsNotes Review
CliffsNotes Resource Center
Index