Ideas for Group Discussions
Brown, Chip. “Ken Kesey Kisses No Ass.” Esquire 118 (September, 1992): 158-166. Profiles Ken Kesey as a literary prankster and details his offbeat personality. Describes Kesey’s image of himself as a “magician” and the art of writing as magic. Brown’s profile gives many personal insights into Kesey’s life and writing.
Carnes, Bruce. Ken Kesey. Boise: Idaho State University Press, 1974. Provides brief biographical information and critical background to Kesey’s works.
Kesey, Ken. “Ken Kesey: The Art of Fiction CXXVI.” Interview by Robert Faggen. The Paris Review 35 (Spring, 1994): 58-94. Kesey discusses his views on the role of the writer, whom he feels has the right to impose his ideas and attitudes on readers. Includes biographical information and a discussion of the Kesey novels that were made into motion pictures.
Leeds, Barry H. Ken Kesey. New York: Ungar, 1981. A critical interpretation of Kesey’s works.
Porter, M. Gilbert. The Art of Grit: Ken Kesey’s Fiction. Columbia: University Press of Missouri, 1982. Porter’s discussion of Kesey’s early work is an excellent starting point for study of Kesey.
Tanner, Stephen L. Ken Kesey. Boston: Twayne, 1983. Tanner provides a critical and interpretive study of Kesey, with a close reading of his major works, a solid bibliography, and complete notes and references.