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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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THE SCOTT GREENBAUM COLLECTION OF LITERARY FIRST EDITIONS
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

KEN KESEY, 1962

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey, 1962
KESEY, Ken (1935-2001). One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. New York: Viking Press, 1962.

First edition of Kesey's first novel, a cornerstone of 1960s counter-culture literature. This copy with a slip laid in signed and inscribed by the author: "For Henry: The wind blows the plumtree branches, this way ... that. Ken Kesey."

The book's central premise, that the really dangerous lunatics are those in positions of authority, has earned Cuckoo the dubious distinction of having been banned by several US school districts since publication. Milos Forman's 1975 film adaptation won five Oscars, including best film and best actor for Jack Nicholson. Karolides et al., 100 Banned Books, pp. 398-400.

Octavo. Original green cloth lettered in yellow; dust jacket designed by Paul Bacon (spine panel sunned and a little chipped at head, two very short edge tears to back panel, a little creasing). Custom cloth case. Provenance: William H. Sims (collector's blindstamp to front free endpaper).
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