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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.
This award enabled him to continue his education in creative writing.
Harriet Tubman Essays - Ken Kesey Essay
In 1958, Kesey enrolled at the Stanford University Creative Writing Center under the direction of Wallace Stegner.
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In 1966, to escape a five-year prison sentence for possession of marijuana, Kesey faked his own death and fled to Mexico.
After several weeks, when word of his whereabouts leaked to the press, Kesey was joined by his family and several Pranksters.