“Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing": First British Edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Lengthily Inscribed by Ken Kesey

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Item Number: 71094

London: Methuen & Co, 1962.

First British edition of Kesey’s classic first book. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Joe: As I think I said on March 7, 1984, ‘You got a nice daughter, Joe.’ Ken Kesey, Sept. 1985.” The recipient, became friends with Kesey after his daughter, who was a nurse treated Kesey’s son in a fatal accident. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Kenneth Farnhill.

Published in February 1962, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was a great critical and commercial success. Over the subsequent decades the book's reputation and readership swelled as millions recognized Kesey's psychiatric ward as a not-so-fantastic metaphor for a modern world in which bureaucracy and technology combine to diminish humanity, individuality and diversity. Adapted to the stage in 1963, with Kirk Douglas in the lead, and was the basis for the highly successful 1975 film directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson. Considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ranks number 33 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years, 100 Movies list. It was the second to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Actor in Lead Role, Actress in Lead Role, Director, and Screenplay) following It Happened One Night in 1934, an accomplishment not repeated until 1991 by The Silence of the Lambs. It also won numerous Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards.