London, Methuen, 1962. First English Ed, pp. [vii], 311, 8vo, original maroon boards, backstrip lettered in gilt with decoration stamped in pale blue, near fine. Dustjacket by Kenneth Farnhill, a little darkened to edges with some of the usual wrinkling to laminate, very good though.
Kesey's first published novel is based on individuals whom he met while working the graveyard shift in the psychiatric ward in a Veterans' Administration Hospital in California. On the surface, the book is an indictment of the mental health system and psychiatric practices of the era. But, just as importantly, Kesey is attacking conformity and celebrating individualism. Kesey was a major counter-cultural link between the Beat Generation of the 1950's and the hippies of the 1960's. The novel was made into an Oscar-winning movie starring Jack Nicholson in 1975.
Author Ken Kesey
Publisher Methuen and Co
Condition Very good