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 other books include Sometimes a Great Notion, Demon Box, and Sailor Song. Kesey's two children's books are Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion. He died on November 10, 2001.
Robert Faggen is a professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College in California, as well as a Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Graves fellow. He has written many critical works, including The Cambridge Introduction to Robert Frost and Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin. Faggen has also edited writing collections, such as The Cambridge Companion to Robert Frost.
John C. Reilly is an American actor, screenwriter, comedian, and singer who has performed in more than 50 films, including Boogie Nights, Step Brothers, and Wreck-It-Ralph. He was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his role in the film adaptation of Chicago, and has been nominated for Grammy and Tony Awards for subsequent work.
Ken Kesey’s story of life in a state mental hospital is a classic of American literature.