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Ken Kesey (1935–2001)

Autor/a de One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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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 mostra'n més 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. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

Obres de Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) 24,273 exemplars
Sometimes a Great Notion (1964) 2,810 exemplars
Sailor Song (1992) 626 exemplars
Demon Box (1986) 558 exemplars
Last Go Round: A Real Western (1994) 222 exemplars
The Further Inquiry (1990) 120 exemplars
Kesey's Garage Sale (1973) 113 exemplars
Kesey's Jail Journal (2003) 111 exemplars
Kesey (1627) 31 exemplars

Obres associades

The Portable Beat Reader (Viking Portable Library) (1992) — Col·laborador — 1,461 exemplars
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999) — Col·laborador — 597 exemplars
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest [1975 film] (1975) — Autor — 555 exemplars
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Col·laborador — 328 exemplars
The Dylan Companion: A Collection of Essential Writing About Bob Dylan (1990) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions96 exemplars
Caverns: A Novel (1990) — Introducció — 43 exemplars
Sorcerers: A Collection of Fantasy Art (1978) — Pròleg — 19 exemplars
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
On the job: Fiction about work by contemporary American writers (1977) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
Cutting Edges: Young American Fiction for the 70's (1973) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Northwest Review: Fall, 1957 — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars


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Nom oficial
Kesey, Kenneth Elton
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Kesey family farm, Eugene, Oregon, USA
Lloc de naixement
La Junta, Colorado, USA
Lloc de defunció
Pleasant Hill, Oregon, USA
Llocs de residència
Springfield, Oregon, USA
Pleasant Hill, Oregon, USA
University of Oregon
Stanford University
U.S. Veterans Administration
Premis i honors
Robert Kirsch Award (1991)
Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement Award (1988)
Biografia breu
Kenneth Elton Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American novelist, essayist, and countercultural figure. He considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s.

Kesey was born in La Junta, Colorado, and grew up in Springfield, Oregon, graduating from the University of Oregon in 1957. He began writing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1960 following the completion of a graduate fellowship in creative writing at Stanford University; the novel was an immediate commercial and critical success when published two years later. During this period, Kesey participated in government studies involving hallucinogenic drugs (including mescaline and LSD) to supplement his income.

Following the publication of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, he moved to nearby La Honda, California, and began hosting happenings with former colleagues from Stanford, miscellaneous bohemian and literary figures (most notably Neal Cassady), and other friends collectively known as the Merry Pranksters; these parties, known as Acid Tests, integrated the consumption of LSD with multimedia performances. He mentored the Grateful Dead (the de facto "house band" of the Acid Tests) throughout their incipience and continued to exert a profound influence upon the group throughout their long career.



Group Read, March 2020: Sometimes a Great Notion a 1001 Books to read before you die (març 2020)


La narració ens arriba a travès de la veu del "Jefe" indi, intern suposadament sordmut que ens explica la vida diària a l'establiment. Consta de tres parts, la primera on ens explica la descripció dels interns i l'arribada d'un nou malalt al manicomi, la seva rebel·lia vers una sèrie de normes imposades que només serveixen per anar afeblint les forces i les ganes de viure dels interns.(La boira que descriu en el relat és real o bé és un producte dels efectes medicamentosos?) En la segona part s'ens descriu l'alliberament de deu malalts en sortir d'excursió un dia a pescar i navegar. En la tercera la rivalitat entre el darrer intern i l'enfermera en cap desencadena un final desastrós per a ell i alliberador pel narrador.… (més)
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