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October 04, 1998|By A Reader's Guide to Twentieth Century Writers

At Stanford University, Ken Kesey became involved with the Beat culture in San Francisco.

Kesey's exposure to LSD as well as his time spent as an orderly in a psychiatric hospital inspired him to write "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," a cult classic.

He later gave up writing, directed his attention to experimenting with LSD, formed a group of cohorts called the "Merry Pranksters," bought an old bus and traveled across the country distributing LSD in "acid tests." The escapades were recorded in Tom Wolfe's "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" also a cult classic.

Pub Date: 10/04/98

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