While at Stanford, Kesey formed friendships with fellow writers, most notably Ken Babbs who would participate in many of Kesey's creative projects, and would co-author his final novel Last Go Around.
During this time, Kesey also became part of the bohemian social milieu of Palo Alto's Perry Lane where, through Stanford psychology graduate student Vik Lovell, he became aware of experiments with psychoactive drugs being conducted at the Veterans Hospital in Menlo Park.
He died on November 10, 2001 after suffering postoperative complications from an attempt to remove a liver tumor. "Cut 'em Loose." In Kesey's Jail Journal, edited by David Stanford, ix-xiii. General correspondence includes letters to and from family, friends, colleagues, and associates, as well as letters collected from Kesey's time in prison.
His Jail Journals, a psychedelically illustrated account of his time at the San Mateo County Sherriff's Honor Camp, were posthumously published in 2003. "Biography: The Hallucinogenic Outlaw." In Ken Kesey, 1-12. The writing for publication series documents Kesey's work as a novelist, essayist, short story author, and playwright.
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Ken Elton Kesey was born on September 17, 1935 in La Junta, Colorado.
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Upon his release in 1968, Kesey and his family moved back to Oregon, settling on a farm in Pleasant Hill near his childhood home of Springfield.
Kesey began writing again in 1971, coediting the Last Supplement to the Whole Earth Catalog with Paul Krassner.