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Ken Kesey: A Bibliography

This page lists a selection of books by or about Ken Kesey.

Related pages : Spit In The Ocean | Merry Pranksters/On The Bus bibliography | Neal Cassady bibliography

Books written or edited by Ken Kesey

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Author: Ken Kesey

1962, Viking Press

Kesey's debut novel. There have been many later editions.

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Sometimes A Great Notion

Author: Ken Kesey

1964, Viking Press

Kesey's second novel. There a number of later editions.

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The Last Supplement to the Whole Earth Catalog

Editor: Paul Krassner and Ken Kesey

1971, Whole Earth Catalog

A collection of essays, fictions, cartoons and art work. Includes a number of essays by Ken Kesey.

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Kesey's Garage Sale

Author: Ken Kesey and others

1973, Viking Press

A collection of essays, articles, and interviews plus a screenplay.

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Spit in the Ocean #1: Old In The Streets

Editor: Ken Kesey

1974, Pleasant Hill

The first of six volumes of the literary journal published between 1974 and 1981. Includes contributions by Nella Novak, Margo St. James, Ray Andrews, Wendell Berry, Walt Curtis, Lee Quarnstrom, Ken Kesey, Margaret Burgin, Laurence Gonzales, Henry Crow Dog, John Weigel, Ken Babbs, Mary Woods, Paul Sawyer, Gene Detro, Paul Krassner, Eve Merriam and Grandma Whittier.

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The Day After Superman Died

Author: Ken Kesey

1980, Lord John Press

A largely fictional account of the death of Neal Cassady. Originally published in Esquire magazine in 1979.

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Demon Box

Author: Ken Kesey

1986, Viking Press

A collection of non-fictional and fictional stories and poetry.

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The Further Inquiry

Author: Ken Kesey

1990, Viking Press

Ken Kesey's recreation of the Merry Pranksters' 1964 trip across America aboard the bus "Further". Includes over 100 previously unpublished photographs.

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Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear

Author: Ken Kesey and Barry Moser

1990, Viking Press

A book for children with story by Kesey and illustrations by Moser.

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The Sea Lion: A Story of the Sea Cliff People

Author: Ken Kesey and Neil Waldman

1991, Viking Press

A book for children with story by Kesey and illustrations by Waldman.

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Sailor Song

Author: Ken Kesey

1992, Viking Press

A novel set in Alaska in 2020.

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Last Go Round: A Real Western

Author: Ken Kesey with Ken Babbs

1994, Viking Press

A novel set at the Pendleton Round-Up in 1911.

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Kesey's Jail Journal

Author: Ken Kesey

2003, Viking Press

A work assembled toward the end of the 1990's using the journal text and artwork produced by Kesey during his imprisonment in 1968 in an experimental low security prison.

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Books about Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey

Author: Bruce Carnes

1974, Boise State University

A short introduction to the work of Ken Kesey. Volume 12 in the Boise State University Western Writers Series.

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Ken Kesey

Author: Barry H. Leeds

1981, Ungar Publishing

A introduction to the work of Ken Kesey. A volume in the Modern Literature Series.

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The Art of Grit: Ken Kesey's Fiction

Author: M. Gilbert Porter

1982, University of Missouri Press

An examination to the fiction of Ken Kesey.

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Ken Kesey

Author: Stephen L. Tanner

1983, Twayne Publishing

An examination of the novels and other writings of Ken Kesey with some biographical content.

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Aquarius Revisited: Seven Who Created the Sixties Counterculture That Changed America

Author: Peter O. Whitmer with Bruce VanWyngarden

1987, Citadel Underground Series

Portraits of William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, Norman Mailer, Tom Robbins, and Hunter S. Thompson plus chapters on Esalen Institute and Berkeley in the Sixties.

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The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey

Author: Douglas Brinkley

1993, Harcourt

A chronicle of a 6 week experimental college class which crisscrossed the USA in a sleeper bus visitomg 30 states and 10 national parks. During this time the class read twelve set books by American writers. Includes a chapter Further With Ken Kesey and Bob Dylan in the Grunge Belt part of which describes the class meeting Ken Kesey.

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Spit in the Ocean #7: All About Kesey

Editor: Ed McClanahan

2003, Penguin

Between 1974 and 1981 Ken Kesey published six issues of a literary magazine called Spit In Tthe Ocean. After Kesey's death in 2001 Ed McClanahan put together this final issue of Spit In The Ocean as a tribute to Kesey. Includes contributions from Robert Stone, Paul Krassner, Wendell Berry, Bill Walton, Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow. Also includes a number of pieces by Kesey. Introduction by Gus Sant..

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Six Kesey Sketches

Author: Ken Babbs

2003, CreateSpace

A 24 page booklet of scripts, with music, of six sketches about Ken Kesey. The sketches were first performed in Eugene in 2003, on the anniversary of Kesey's death.

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The Hippie Narrative: A Literary Perspective on the Counterculture

Author: Scott MacFarlane

2007, McFarland

This book examines key works of the literature of the counterculture era and uses them as a method of viewing the period as a whole. Includes a section on One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

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Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and Its Discontents

Author: Mikal Gilmore

2009, Free Press

This book includes a chapter about Ken Kesey (Ken Kesey's Great American Trip). Other chapters cover Timothy Leary, Allan Ginsberg, Jerry Garcia, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Phil Ochs, Hunter S Thompson, Jim Morrison and the Doors, the Allman Brothers, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

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Mental Illness In Ken Kesey's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Author: Dedria Bryfonski

Social Issues in Literature

2010, Greenhaven Press

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It's All a Kind of Magic: The Young Ken Kesey

Author: Rick Dodgson

2013, University of Wisconsin Press

A biography that covers the 1950's and 1960's.

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Conversations with Ken Kesey

Editor: Scott F. Parker

2014, University Press of Mississippi

A collection of interviews dating from 1959 to 1999.

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Last updated June 2014