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Ken Kesey (1935–2001)

Autor de Alguien voló sobre el nido del cuco

30+ Obras 29,415 Miembros 357 Reseñas 84 Preferidas

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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 mostrar más 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

A veces un gran impulso (1964) 2,810 copias
Sailor Song (1992) 626 copias
La caja del diablo (1986) 558 copias
The Further Inquiry (1990) 120 copias
Kesey's Garage Sale (1973) 113 copias
Kesey's Jail Journal (2003) 111 copias
Kesey (1627) 31 copias

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Conocimiento común

Nombre legal
Kesey, Kenneth Elton
Fecha de nacimiento
Fecha de fallecimiento
Lugar de sepultura
Kesey family farm, Eugene, Oregon, USA
Lugar de nacimiento
La Junta, Colorado, USA
Lugar de fallecimiento
Pleasant Hill, Oregon, USA
Lugares de residencia
Springfield, Oregon, USA
Pleasant Hill, Oregon, USA
University of Oregon
Stanford University
U.S. Veterans Administration
Premios y honores
Robert Kirsch Award (1991)
Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement Award (1988)
Biografía breve
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 en 1001 Books to read before you die (marzo 2020)


Antes de que el LSD y las andanzas con los Alegres Bromistas (relatadas por Tom Wolfe en Ponche de ácido lisérgico) le convirtieran en uno de los personajes míticos del underground de los años sesenta, Ken Kesey ya había publicado Alguien voló sobre el nido del cuco, una auténtica «novela de culto». En 1960 Ken Kesey, estudiante universitario, se ofreció como voluntario para los experimentos sobre drogas psicodélicas que los psiquiatras de un hospital californiano ensayaban para futuros usos terapéuticos. De esta experiencia personal nació Alguien voló sobre el nido del cuco. Su protagonista, Randle McMurphy, que se finge loco para escapar a los rigores de la cárcel, es destinado a la sala del hospital psiquiátrico que dirige Ratched, la sádica Gran Enfermera. McMurphy, vital, generoso, amoral y rebelde, librará una guerra contra la Gran Enfermera. Las batallas serán divertidas y cruentas; algunos internos perderán en ellas la vida, y otros descubrirán los encantos del sexo, la bebida, la libertad y la rebelión permanentes.… (más)
Natt90 | 297 reseñas más. | Feb 28, 2023 |
Una triunfal visión de la vida norteamericana de mediados del siglo que significará sin duda, un fragmento importante del testamento de su generación.
socogarv | 44 reseñas más. | Jan 15, 2021 |
Ken Kesey's bracing, inslightful novel about the meaning of madness and the value of self-reliance

A mordant, wickedly subversive parable set in a mental ward, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest chronicles the head-on collision between its hell-raising, life-affirming hero Randle Patrick McMurphy and the totalitarian rule of Big Nurse. McMurphy swaggers into the mental ward like a blast of fresh air and turns the place upside down, starting a gambling operation, smuggling in wine and women, and egging on the other patients to join him in open rebellion. But McMurphy's revolution against Big Nurse and everything she stands for quickly turns from sport to a fierce power struggle with shattering results.… (más)
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