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North Smithfield High School Library: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey:

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest:

...One flew east, one flew west, 

One flew over the cuckoo's nest

- Children's Folk Rhyme

Brief Interview with Ken Kesey:

The Inspiration for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (4min.)

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Studio 360/American Icons: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest:

"This is the story of America’s fight against authority."

Cinephilia & Beyond:

‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’:

Milos Forman’s Mosaic of Brilliance With a Lesson Still As Important As Ever"

A variety of information on the making of the film!

Life Magazine:

BEDLAM 1946: Most U.S. Mental Hospitals are a Shame and a Disgrace

by Albert Q. Maisel

published in Life Magazine: May 6, 1946

Nursing Inquiry:

"Reclaiming ‘Big Nurse’:

a feminist critique of Ken Kesey’s portrayal of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" 

by Philip Darbyshire 

 A feminist critique of the novel contends that the importance of ‘Big Nurse’ is less related to how realistic/unrealistic or good/bad she is as a nurse. Nurse Ratched is important because she exemplifies all that traditional masculinity abhors in women, and particularly in strong women in positions of power and influence.

Literary Onomastics (study and history of the origin of proper names) Studies:

"Of Madness and Machines: Names in Ken Kesey ' s One Flew Over the Cuckoo 's Nest" 

by William A. Francis 

Explores the significance of character's names as they contribute to the novel's theme - an indictment of modern psychological practices that reduce human joy to robotic boredom. 

Literary and Cultural Studies:

"Reading from the Heart Out: Chief Bromden through Indigenous Eyes"

by Kimberly R. Connor

This paper explores the implications and ironies of Kesey’s choice to narrate his novel from the perspective of the Native American, Chief Bromden,  a traditionally marginalized member of society. 

The Guardian:

Interview with Michael Douglas:

How we made One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest:

Interviews by Phil Hoad

PBS - American Experience:


The Lobotomist:

In the 1940s Dr. Walter Freeman gained fame for perfecting the lobotomy, then hailed as a miracle cure for the severely mentally ill. But within a few years, lobotomy was labeled one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine. (54min.)

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