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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by KESEY Ken

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About This Item

1962. First Edition . Signed. KESEY, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. New York: Viking, (1962). Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $12,500.First edition of Kesey's most ""popular and enduring"" work, a distinctive presentation copy inscribed by him in red and black ink, ""for N— Ken Kesey,"" in original dust jacket, housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.""Ken Kesey's first novel remains his most popular and enduring…Cuckoo's Nest resonates with the classic theme of the individual rebelling against the controlling forces of society"" (Books of the Century, 98). On publication in 1962, ""Time magazine called Cuckoo's Nest 'a roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the invisible Rulers who enforce them"" (New York Times). Adapted to the stage in 1963, with Kirk Douglas in the lead, the novel was the basis for the highly successful 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson. First issue, with ""that fool Red Cross woman"" on page 9, lines 12-13, in first issue dust jacket containing Kerouac's endorsement on the front flap. Book fine; price-clipped dust jacket extremely good with several closed tears, light chipping to spine ends with front panel particularly bright and colorful. An exceptionally desirable inscribed copy.

Synopsis

An international bestseller and the basis for a hugely successful film, Ken Kesey 's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was one of the defining works of the 1960s. This version of the novel is bound with the traditional cover. A mordant, wickedly subversive parable set in a mental ward, the novel chronicles the head-on collision between its hell-raising, life-affirming hero Randle Patrick McMurphy and the totalitarian rule of Big Nurse. McMurphy swaggers into the mental ward like a blast of fresh air and turns the place upside down, starting a gambling operation, smuggling in wine and women, and egging on the other patients to join him in open rebellion. But McMurphy's revolution against Big Nurse and everything she stands for quickly turns from sport to a fierce power struggle with shattering results. With One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest , Kesey created a work without precedent in American literature, a novel at once comic and tragic that probes the nature of madness and sanity, authority and vitality. Greeted by unanimous acclaim when it was first published, the book has become and enduring favorite of readers.

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Bookseller
Bauman Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
124730
Title
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Author
KESEY Ken
Book Condition
Used
Quantity Available
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Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Date Published
1962

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