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P.F. Kluge

Kenyon College

P.F. Kluge, longtime Writer in Residence at Kenyon College, is a professor, a novelist, a journalist and an inveterate traveler. He graduated from Kenyon College, summa cum laude with highest honors in English and then completed a Phd.—with distinction— in three years at the University of Chicago. He joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Micronesia, mainly the islands of Saipan and Palau. On return, he worked as a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal and later as an assistant editor at  LIFE  magazine, where he wrote an article that was the basis of the film Dog Day Afternoon. He has written articles for GEO, Smithsonian, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Islands and—most recently—Natonal Geographic Traveler.

Dr. Kluge has written njne novels, including Eddie and the Cruisers, the basis for a film. Some of his novels are set in his home state of New Jersey, others in Micronesian islands and the Philippines, still others in Gambier, Ohio. There have been two non-fiction books as well: Alma Mater, which one reviewer called “the best portrait we have of the inner life of a small liberal arts college” and The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia, which Kirkus Reviews described as “remarkable, thoughtful, vivid and moving.” His most recent novel, The Master Blaster, was described by the New York Times as “stingingly funny…the work of a writer who has seen the world, literally and figuratively, for a long time.”

Content to live in Gambier, Ohio, Kluge is also happy to leave town. He has written travel articles in—and then made numerous subsequent visits to— Singapore, Norfolk Island, Malacca, and Altaussee, Austria. He has lived in Manila and  Bucharest. And two previous trips on Semester At Sea confirm a few lines from T.S. Eliot: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”