Ken Kesey

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Ken Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American writer best known for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

According to Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Kesey got the idea for the Chief Bromden character while under the influence of LSD. Kesey also worked in a mental hospital and secretly underwent electric shock treatment in order to better understand his characters.