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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Popular Penguins

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Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest captured the radical anti-establishment mood of 1960s America. Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her psychiatric ward with an iron fist and a penchant for electric shock therapy, so when the boisterous McMurphy arrives - intent on disruption and showing the other patients a good time - a titanic battle of wills emerges. Kesey explores the shadowy boundaries between conformity and individuality, sanity and madness, with devastating effect.

Ken Kesey's previous work includes One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, Caverns (with O.U. Levon), The Further Inquiry, and Sailor Song. His children's books include Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion. He lives in Oregon.

Ken Babbs (on the right of the photograph) and his wife, Eileen, and daughter, Elizabeth, live in Lost Creek, Oregon, where he writes and does his constructions.

Ken Kesey was born in 1935 and grew up in Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon and later studied at Stanford with Wallace Stegner, Malcolm Cowley, Richard Scowcroft and Frank O'Connor. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, his first novel, was published in 1962, His second novel, Sometimes a Great Notion, followed in 1964. His other books include Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, Caverns (with O.U. Levon), The Further Inquiry, Sailor Song, and Last Go Round (with Ken Babbs). His two children's books are Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion. Ken Kesey died on 10 November 2001.