Carl H. Klaus

Carl H. Klaus is a professor at the University of Iowa. He is an essayist and expert in nonfiction writing, which is also the topic of his latest book The Made-Up Self: Impersonation in the Personal Essay. 

"But the 'person' in a personal essay is a written construct, a fabricated thing, a character of sorts — the sound of its voice a byproduct of carefully chosen words, its recollection of experience, its run of thought and feeling, much tidier than the mess of memories, thoughts, and feelings arising in one’s consciousness."

– Made-Up Self: Impersonation in the Personal Essay


ARTICLES FEATURING CARL H.

Getting Personal

That the essayist’s persona is as constructed as any other author’s ought to be obvious. But until Carl Klaus, few seemed aware of it....

Getting Personal


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