> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 1 July 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141187884
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest


Formats & editions


Pitching an extraordinary battle between cruel authority and a rebellious free spirit, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a novel that epitomises the spirit of the sixties. This Penguin Classics edition includes a preface, never-before published illustrations by the author, and an introduction by Robert Faggen.

Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electroshock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy - the swaggering, fun-loving trickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggle is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute half-Indian patient who understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned. The subject of an Oscar-winning film starring Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest an exuberant, ribald and devastatingly honest portrayal of the boundaries between sanity and madness.

If you enjoyed One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, you might like Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141187884
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey's previous work includes One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, Caverns (with O.U. Levon), The Further Inquiry, and Sailor Song. His children's books include Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion. He lives in Oregon.

Ken Babbs (on the right of the photograph) and his wife, Eileen, and daughter, Elizabeth, live in Lost Creek, Oregon, where he writes and does his constructions.

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 second novel, Sometimes a Great Notion, followed in 1964. His other books include Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, Caverns (with O.U. Levon), The Further Inquiry, Sailor Song, and Last Go Round (with Ken Babbs). His two children's books are Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion. Ken Kesey died on 10 November 2001.

Also by Ken Kesey

See all

Related titles