P. F. Kluge

Born: 1942

Ohio connection: Resident


Novelist, journalist and educator, Paul Fredrick Kluge was born in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. He earned his B.A. from Kenyon College (1964) and an M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1967) from the University of Chicago.  Before becoming the author of acclaimed books such as Eddie and the Cruisers (1997) and Gone Tomorrow (2008), Kluge served in the Peace Corps ((in Micronesia from 1967-1969), worked as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal and as an editor at Life magazine. Kluge has written for numerous publications, including PlayboyRolling StoneSmithsonian, and serves as contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler and Islands Magazine.

In 1976, Kluge published The Day I Die, a thriller set in the Pacific Islands, where he had served in the Peace Corps. Other works include McArthur’s Ghost (1987), A Season for War (1988), The Edge of Paradise (1993), Biggest Elvis (1996), Alma Mater (2000), Final Exam (2005), A Call From Jersey (2010) and Master Blaster (2012). Kluge was visiting professor at Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) 1987-97 and has been a writer in residence since 1997 specializing in the reading and writing of American literature. P.F. Kluge is married to Pamela Hollie, a journalist.

2009 Ohioana Book Award (Fiction) Finalist for Gone Tomorrow.