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Ken Kesey (1935–2001)

Autor(a) de One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos

Obras de Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) 24,185 cópias
Sometimes a Great Notion (1964) 2,805 cópias
Sailor Song (1992) 626 cópias
Demon Box (1986) 557 cópias
Last Go Round: A Real Western (1994) 222 cópias
The Further Inquiry (1990) 120 cópias
Kesey's Garage Sale (1973) 113 cópias
Kesey's Jail Journal (2003) 111 cópias
Kesey (1627) 31 cópias

Associated Works

The Portable Beat Reader (Viking Portable Library) (1992) — Contribuinte — 1,461 cópias
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999) — Contribuinte — 594 cópias
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest [1975 film] (1975) — Autor — 538 cópias
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contribuinte — 327 cópias
The Dylan Companion: A Collection of Essential Writing About Bob Dylan (1990) — Contribuinte, algumas edições96 cópias
Caverns: A Novel (1990) — Introdução — 43 cópias
Sorcerers: A Collection of Fantasy Art (1978) — Prefácio — 19 cópias
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Cutting Edges: Young American Fiction for the 70's (1973) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Northwest Review: Fall, 1957 — Contribuinte — 2 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Kesey, Kenneth Elton
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Kesey family farm, Eugene, Oregon, USA
Local de nascimento
La Junta, Colorado, USA
Local de falecimento
Pleasant Hill, Oregon, USA
Locais de residência
Springfield, Oregon, USA
Pleasant Hill, Oregon, USA
University of Oregon
Stanford University
U.S. Veterans Administration
Robert Kirsch Award (1991)
Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement Award (1988)
Pequena biografia
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.



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Drama chocante e eletrizante. Elegante e divertido romance cult de Ken Kesey. Que, porém, dá errado ao enfatizar pontos menores a ponto de, ao final, as qualidades humanas dos personagens se perderem no significado geral. A comédia não consegue suportar a sua conclusão trágica, que é demasiado esquemática para ser honestamente comovente, e é representada menos com demonstração de humanidade do que com metáforas programáicas.
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