Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is the seminal novel of the 1960s that has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, ...
Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is the seminal novel of the 1960s that has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the awesome powers that keep them all imprisoned.
Kent Bash. 311 pp. Octavo [22 cm]; full black leather with decorative gilt stamping to boards and backstrip. Title gilt stamped on backstrip. Raised bands. Satin moire endsheets. All edges gilt. Fine. Signed by the author in red ink on the front free endsheet. A note about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and the author Ken Kesey laid in. Publisher's certificate of authenticity laid in.
SIGNED. 311 pp. Octavo [22 cm]; black leather with raised bands, a gilt stamped title on the spine, and gilt stamped decorative patterns on the spine and covers. All edges gilt. Moire endsheets. Fine condition. Signed in bright colors by Ken Kesey on the page before the half title page. With publisher's certificate of authenticity. Kesey attended the University of Oregon and received a degree in Speech and Communications. He was also awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to enroll in the Creative Writing program at Stanford. His classmates in the program included Robert Stone, Larry McMurty, Ken Babbs, and Wendell Berry, all of whom would become noted writers and lifelong friends of Kesey. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was his writing project at Stanford. Kesey published this work in 1962. The novel was an immediate success. Dale Wasserman adapted it into a stage play, and Milos Forman directed a screen adaptation in 1975.
Fine. Literature. Signed by Author Black/gilt embossed boards. Silk moire endpages. Certificate of Authenticy signed by Kesey on April 22, 1999. Gilt edges, Signed by Kesey in black ink on colophone page. Excellent copy of scarce edition.
Near Fine. Book. Signed by Author(s) First edition, stated third printing. Signed and inscribed by author Kesey to Burwood Stockwhip, to whom Kesey writes: "Whatta name! " Near fine green cloth hardcover.
Good in Good jacket. Book. Signed by Author(s) First edition, first state. Published in 1962 by Viking Press stated on copyright page and with the following points: "that fool Red Cross woman" on pp. 9, lines 12-13, and "It's the plump Red Cross woman named Gwen-doe-lin, with the blond hair the patients are always arguing about." pp. 85-86. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by author Kesey. This book is from the personal collection of author and prominent reviewer Michael Hargraves, to whom Kesey dedicated his inscription. Good original green cloth in a sunned good NON-priceclipped dust jacket. Significant drops of stains to green cloth front cover, dampstain to title and dedication pages, previous owner's inscription to rear flyleaf. Protected dj has minor interior tape repairs, tape remnants to interior flaps, and sunned spine. A rare signed copy of the first state. Scans available.
Very Good. Autograph cut tipped in signature of author on ffep. First Edition, First Printing. Pages are clean with no markings from previous owners. Light wear to green cloth boards at spine ends and corners, scattered fading to boards. Text block and front endpage have mild soiling. Binding is square and tight. Fine Facsimile dust jacket is in a protective mylar cover. Pictures available upon request.
Very Good in Good jacket. Boldly signed by the author in black pen and pink highlighter on the half-title. 1962, First Edition, first issue with all points present, although the topstain has faded. Hardcover. Very Good in a Good dust jacket. Light evidence of dampstaining along the edges of the cloth; spotting to endpapers; corners bumped; a few small spots to the boards. Unmarked, clean text, although there is a hint of waving throughout. Slim areas along the top and bottom edge of the jacket have been filled-in with green marker to match the original hue; spine lightly sunned; minor edgewear. The blank side of the jacket is abraded at the inner flaps where it appears that they were once glued to the pastedowns; the pastedowns with matching vertical abrasions. C classic of '60s literature, published years before Flower Power and the Hippies took over. Signed by Kesey. Comes with a Fine, slipcased copy from the First Edition Library facsimile series as well. Digital images available upon request.
First U.K. edition. One line in copyright information blacked out, spine with slight lean, faint rubbing to lower spine tip, else fine in near fine, lightly toned dust jacket with minor edgewear, a small blind impression to front panel and some loss of lamenate to rear spine fold, in mylar cover. Overall a handsome copy. Boldly inscribed "To Jeff, Ken Kesey 1993" by the author in silver ink.
Good. NF-/VG. 1st edition, 1st printing. Author's first book. Basis for the 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher. INSCRIBED by author on dedication page. Ticket stub and program from a 1986 Demon Box reading laid in. Book has light stains on front board, owner name on front fep and toned and lightly soiled page edges. Second state jacket has chipping at spine and flap fold ends and creases along folds. We offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE. Contact us for details.
A high-point post-war American literature, and a signal early document of the American counterculture. Number 68 on the Time Magazine's list of the 100 Best English-Language Novels. First Printing, first issue with the earliest state of the text featuring "that fool Red Cross woman" on page 9. Octavo (21cm); green cloth, title stamped in yellow on the spine with an orange topstain; dustjacket; 311pp. Signed by Kesey in an early hand (in ballpoint pen) on the front endpaper. Orange topstain a bit faded, lower board edges slightly rubbed, with a faint trace of discoloration to the cloth near the upper edge of the rear panel and a small, circular stain to upper margin of p.99; Near Fine. The First Issue dustjacket is unclipped, with the Kerouac quote present on the lower front flap. Spine gently sunned, though not nearly as faded as usually seen; a few creases at mid-spine, some mild wear to the extremities, with a little chipping to the corners; a presentable, Very Good+ copy.
excellent story about the inadequacies in mental health....too bad kesey was not adequately paid for this masterpiece!
Feb 26, 2009
Read The Book Before Seeing Movie!
The movie was great, but not nearly what Ken Keasy intended when he wrote the book. There is such depth in his characters!
Alibris was very quick about getting the book out to me and it's a great quality issue, since my son loves older copies. (I'm stocking him up on the 'classics'!)
Feb 9, 2009
Review of SELLER not book
I ordered this book from Books To Treasure. It is in really good condition. I am satisfied. The cover isn't what is depicted above, but to me, it doesn't matter. The only wear and tear of the book is common (bent pages) probably from it being read. It was worth my money and I would buy from this seller again.
Aug 10, 2007
A heartbreaking story. Every character in the story incites different emotions; Nurse Ratched, despair; McMurphy, hope; and Chief, sorrow. The story has a wrenching reality quality. I couldn't help crying over the injustices that occured.
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