One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest This Discovery School lesson plan for grades 7-12 focuses on critical reviews and the issues involved in adapting novels for the screen. Offers vocabulary, focus questions, and additional links.

Ken Kesey & Jerry Garcia on LSD & Creativity

Kingswood College: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Contains biographical information about Kesey, a short plot summary of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and character descriptions, as well as a list of themes to consider.

Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters (essay) Essay on the life and writings of Ken Kesey and others associated with the Merry Pranksters and Kesey's Acid Tests. Discusses Kesey's early experimentation with hallucinogens under the auspices of the U.S. government as well as encounters between Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and prominent counterculture figures.

Metaphor and mind style in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. (essay) "Roger Fowler coined the term "mind style" in 1977 to describe the phenomenon in which the language of a text projects a characteristic world view, a particular way of perceiving and making sense of the world."

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Movie Trailer

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest WebQuest online research activity. "You are an undercover social worker assigned to check yourself into the "Quest" Psychiatric Ward. During your stay at the ward, you must complete a number of steps to research the treatment of the patients in the asylum. Use your knowledge from the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey to help you complete each assignment." Most, but not all, external links are working at this site.

Brief Discussion Guide for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ken Kesey: The Far Gone Interview This site contain the transcript of a phone interview with Ken Kesey from September 13, 1992.

Ken Kesey TV report (2001)

Ken Kesey obituary article from BBC- 10 November, 2001

Ken Kesey Web Site Mostly loud memorabilia, but click "Writings" to see an article Kesey wrote for Rolling Stone about the shootings at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, as well as his Christmas story and Twister article.

Secondary Print Sources:

  • *Novels for Students Vol 2. Ref PN 3365 .N6 v.2 - Includes a short biography of Kesey as well as a plot summary, description of characters, discussion of style, themes, and criticism of his book One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
  • Specific studies of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Kesey's fiction
    • Billingsley, Ronald B., The Artistry of Ken Kesey, 1971
    • Critical edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, ed. John C. Pratt, 1973 Leeds, Barry H., Ken Kesey
    • 1981 Porter, M. Gilbert, The Art of Grit: Ken Kesey's Fiction, 1982
  • Kesey's place in American literature and culture
    • Allen, Mary. The Necessary Blankness: Women in Major American Fiction of the Sixties, 1976
    • Cook, Bruce. The Beat Generation, 1971
    • Harris, Charles B. Contemporary American Novelists of the Absurd
    • Perry, Paul. On the Bus: The Complete Guide to the Legendary Trip of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and the Birth of the Counterculture, 1990
    • Wallace, Ronald. The Last Laugh: Form and Affirmation in the Contemporary American Comic Novel
    • Wolfe, Tom. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, 1968
  • Some reviews of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    • New Yorker, April 21, 1962
    • New York Herald Tribune, February 25, 1962
    • New York Times Book Review, February 4, 1962
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