(born Sept. 17, 1935, La Junta, Colo., U.S.—died Nov. 10. 2001, Eugene, Ore.) U.S. writer. He attended Stanford University and later served as an experimental subject and aide in a hospital, an experience that led to his novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962; film, 1975), which in the U.S. became one of the most widely read books of the 1960s. It was followed by Sometimes a Great Notion (1964) and several works of nonfiction that detailed Kesey’s transformation from novelist to guru of the hippie generation. They recount psychedelic, fancy-free travels on a brightly painted bus with a group of friends, relatives, and fans who called themselves the Merry Pranksters. Their story is recounted in Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), itself a minor classic of the era.
Birth Place: La Junta, Colorado, United States
Death Place: Eugene, Oregon, United States
Name: Kesey, Ken or Ken Kesey
Activity: American author
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