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Ken Kesey (1935–2001)

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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 toon meer 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) toon minder

Werken van Ken Kesey

En eentje zag ze vliegen (1962) 24,304 exemplaren
Geen rivier te hoog (1964) 2,812 exemplaren
Zeemanslied (1992) 627 exemplaren
Lucifers doos (1986) 558 exemplaren
Last Go Round: A Real Western (1994) 222 exemplaren
The Further Inquiry (1990) 120 exemplaren
Kesey's Garage Sale (1973) 113 exemplaren
Kesey's Jail Journal (2003) 111 exemplaren
Kesey (1627) 31 exemplaren

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Officiële naam
Kesey, Kenneth Elton
Geboortedatum
1935-09-17
Overlijdensdatum
2001-11-10
Graflocatie
Kesey family farm, Eugene, Oregon, USA
Geslacht
male
Nationaliteit
USA
Geboorteplaats
La Junta, Colorado, USA
Plaats van overlijden
Pleasant Hill, Oregon, USA
Woonplaatsen
Springfield, Oregon, USA
Pleasant Hill, Oregon, USA
Opleiding
University of Oregon
Stanford University
Beroepen
writer
Organisaties
U.S. Veterans Administration
Prijzen en onderscheidingen
Robert Kirsch Award (1991)
Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement Award (1988)
Korte biografie
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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Ik heb de film nooit gezien, dus ik kon dit boek onbevangen lezen. Het was een aangename leeservaring: Kesey zet je meteen op het juiste been: we zien alles door de ogen van de Indiaanse chief-zoon Broom. Na 20 bladzijden wandelt McMurphy binnen, met een air en een auro dat tot het eind van het boek blijft beklijven. Dit boek gaat natuurlijk in de eerste plaats over normaliteit en waanzin en de niet altijd duidelijk scheidslijn; in die zin is Broom de eigenlijke hoofdpersoon van het boek, ondanks de capriolen van McMurphy. Maar één van de hoofdthema's is ook macht en manipulatie: zowel McMurphy als de perfide tiran, zuster Ratchen, vechten de hele tijd een duel uit op het scherp van de snee. En de inzet van die strijd blijkt uiteindelijk humaniteit te zijn: de erkenning dat ook de zwakzinnigen mensen zijn en recht hebben op hun waardigheid. Het slot laat je meewarig achter, maar intussen heb je tal van ontroerende, heftige en hilarische scenes voorgeschoteld gekregen. Laat de film maar komen!… (meer)
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Populariteit
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