Kesey's youngest daughter, Sunshine, was born to him and Merry Prankster Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams Garcia during this nine-month exile.Upon his return to the United States, Kesey was convicted of drug possession and spent six months in San Mateo County Jail and the San Mateo County Sherriff's Honor Camp.
Together they had three children, Jed, Zane, and Shannon. Kesey was encouraged by his former literature professor, James B.
Hall, to apply for a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship.
In 1973, Kesey published Kesey's Garage Sale, a collection of his works including the screenplay for Over the Border, a fictionalized account of his sojourn to Mexico. The Ken Kesey papers document his work as a novelist, essayist, short story author, and playwright, as well as his public life as figure who embodied the spirit of American counterculture movements in the 1960s.
Kesey continued to publish short stories and essays for the next ten years, culminating in 1986's Demon Box, a collection of short fiction and non-fiction pieces, many of which had appeared in other publications including Kesey's own literary journal Spit In the Ocean. In the 1980s and 90s, Kesey continued to write, make public appearances, perform, and organize gatherings of Pranksters and fans in the spirit of the original "Further" bus trip and the Acid Tests. This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts and publications, personal journals and artwork, event and tour material, press clippings, personal memorabilia, and creative works by members of Kesey's artistic circle, the Merry Pranksters.
Kesey published his first and most famous work One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1962, and quickly followed it with another bestseller, Sometimes a Great Notion, in 1964.
That year marked the beginning of a writing hiatus that would last until 1971.He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1957.In 1956, while still a student, Kesey married Norma Faye Haxby.This award enabled him to continue his education in creative writing.In 1958, Kesey enrolled at the Stanford University Creative Writing Center under the direction of Wallace Stegner.Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections and University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.Ken Elton Kesey was born on September 17, 1935 in La Junta, Colorado.Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite.Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.While at Stanford, Kesey formed friendships with fellow writers, most notably Ken Babbs who would participate in many of Kesey's creative projects, and would co-author his final novel Last Go Around.During this time, Kesey also became part of the bohemian social milieu of Palo Alto's Perry Lane where, through Stanford psychology graduate student Vik Lovell, he became aware of experiments with psychoactive drugs being conducted at the Veterans Hospital in Menlo Park.