April 23

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Ken Kesey & ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’

The following websites and film clips will help you understand the context of and background to Ken Kesey’s bestselling novel ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’. It is suggested that you read the first two biographies and the summary of the novel before watching the films, as they provide a summary of Kesey’s background.


Ken Kesey biography (Goodreads)

Ken Kesey biography

Review of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 50 years on – LA Times

Ken Kesey TV Obituary Part 1 (film)

Part 2 (film)


Kesey and the Merry Pranksters

Merry Pranksters / Easyrider

1960s The Hippies

What the 60s did to America

Jack Kerouac – The Beat Generation (Kerouac reading from his own work)

Jack Kerouac – The end of the road (trailer)

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