A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which was an immediate critical success upon its release in 1964.
As a novel of the late 1900s, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a product of Kesey's drug stimulated imagination, and much of the original material was written under the influence of LSD and peyote which Kesey took to induce in himself a state of mind similar to that of his narrator, the schizophrenic Indian Chief Broom. Moreover, Time magazine called it "a roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the invisible Rulers who enforce them."
Kenneth Elton Kesey (; September 17, 1935– November 10, 2001) was an American novelist, essayist, and countercultural figure. He considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s.