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By Rick Dodgson

Counterculture icon and best-selling writer of the anti-authoritarian novels One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Sometimes a good Notion, Ken Kesey stated he was once “too younger to be a beatnik and too outdated to be a hippie.” It’s All one of those Magic is the 1st biography of Kesey. It unearths a younger lifetime of brilliance and eccentricity that encompassed wrestling, writing, farming, magic and ventriloquism, CIA-funded experiments with hallucinatory medications, and a impressive forged of characters that will come to incorporate Wallace Stegner, Larry McMurtry, Tom Wolfe, Neal Cassady, Timothy Leary, the thankful useless, and Hunter S. Thompson.
            in response to meticulous learn and lots of interviews with family and friends, Rick Dodgson’s biography records Kesey’s youth, from his time growing to be up in Oregon via his collage years, his first drug reviews, and the writing of his most famed books. whereas a graduate scholar in inventive writing at Stanford collage within the overdue Fifties and early Sixties, Kesey labored the evening shift on the Menlo Park Veterans management medical institution, the place he earned more cash taking LSD and different psychedelic medicinal drugs for scientific reports. quickly he and his bohemian crowd of buddies have been utilizing an analogous elements to behavior their very own experiments, exploring the frontiers in their minds and checking out the limits in their society.
            With the luck of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Kesey moved to los angeles Honda, California, within the foothills of San Mateo County, making a scene that Hunter S. Thompson remembered because the “world capital of madness.” There, Kesey and his starting to be band of Merry Prankster buddies begun webhosting psychedelic events and residing a “hippie” way of life ahead of a person knew what that intended. Tom Wolfe’s e-book The electrical Kool-Aid Acid Test mythologized Kesey’s adventures within the 1960s.
            Illustrated with hardly ever noticeable images, It’s All a type of Magic depicts a precocious younger guy brimming with self-confidence and ambition who—through expertise, intuition, and fearless spectacle—made his existence right into a functionality, a wild magic act that electrified American and international culture.

“Rick Dodgson has pored over Kesey’s released and unpublished writings, interviews, and historic files to put in writing a colourful biography of this charismatic American personality. The ensuing portrayal demanding situations assumptions approximately Kesey’s position within the counterculture.”—Journal of yankee History
“Dodgson’s painstaking examine reveals hidden gemstones of Kesey’s lifestyles that marked him as a desirable figure.”—H-Net


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