Alice Hoffman

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Alice Hoffman
Born (1952-03-16) March 16, 1952 (age 66)
New York City, United States
Occupationnovelist, young-adult writer, children's writer
GenreMagic realism, fantasy, historical fiction

Alice Hoffman (born March 16, 1952) is an American novelist and young-adult and children's writer, best known for her 1995 novel Practical Magic, which was adapted for a 1998 film of the same name. Many of her works fall into the genre of magic realism and contain elements of magic, irony, and non-standard romances and relationships.

Early life and education[edit]

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City and raised on Long Island, New York. Her grandmother was a Russian-Jewish immigrant.[1][2] She graduated from Valley Stream North High School[3] in 1969, and then from Adelphi University with a Bachelor of Arts. She was a Mirrielees Fellow at the Stanford University Creative Writing Center in 1973 and 1974, where she earned a Master of Arts in Creative Writing.[4]


When Hoffman was twenty-one and studying at Stanford, her first short story, At The Drive-In, was published in Volume 3 of the literary magazine Fiction.[5] Editor Ted Solotaroff contacted her, and asked whether she had a novel. At that point, she began writing her first novel, Property Of. It was published in 1977, by Farrar Straus and Giroux, now a division of Macmillan Publishers. A section of Property Of was published in Solotaroff's literary magazine, American Review.

Hoffman's first job was at Doubleday, which later published two of her novels.

She was the recipient of a New Jersey Notable Book Award.[6] She won a Hammett Prize for Turtle Moon.[7] She wrote the screenplay for the 1983 film Independence Day, starring Kathleen Quinlan and Dianne Wiest.

Personal life[edit]

She resides in Boston. After being treated for breast cancer at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, she helped establish the hospital's Hoffman Breast Center.[8]

Hoffman is Jewish although her characters are generally not. [9] Powerful matriarchal figures in her Jewish background are reflected in the strong female figures portrayed in her written work.



  • Property Of (1977)
  • The Drowning Season (1979)
  • Angel Landing (1980)
  • White Horses (1982)
  • Fortune's Daughter (1985)
  • Illumination Night (1987)
  • At Risk (1988)
  • Seventh Heaven (1990)
  • Turtle Moon (1992)
  • Second Nature (1994)
  • Practical Magic (1995)
  • Here on Earth (1997)
  • Local Girls (1999)
  • The River King (2000)
  • Blue Diary (2001)
  • The Probable Future (2003)
  • Blackbird House (2004)
  • The Ice Queen (2005)
  • Skylight Confessions (2007)
  • The Third Angel (2008)
  • The Story Sisters (2009)
  • The Red Garden (2011)
  • The Dovekeepers (2011)
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things (2014)
  • The Marriage of Opposites (2015)
  • Faithful (2016)
  • The Rules of Magic (2017) - Practical Magic Prequel

Young adult novels[edit]

  • Aquamarine (2001)
  • Indigo (2002)
  • Green Angel (2003)
  • Water Tales: Aquamarine & Indigo (omnibus edition) (2003)
  • The Foretelling (2005)
  • Incantation (2006)
  • Green Witch (2010)
  • Green Heart (2012)

Middle grade books[edit]

  • Nightbird (2015)

Children's books[edit]

  • Fireflies: A Winter's Tale (illustrated by Wayne McLoughlin) (1999)
  • Horsefly (paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher) (2000)
  • Moondog (with Wolfe Martin; illustrated by Yumi Heo) (2004)

Short stories[edit]

  • Conjure (2014)


  • Survival Lessons (2013)



  1. ^ Interview with Alice Hoffman
  2. ^ "Profile: Alice Hoffman." Musleah, Rahel. Hadassah Magazine. Published June–July 2008. Accessed January 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Fischler, Marcelle (January 7, 2007). "People Who Live in (Fictional) Glass Houses Populate a New Novel". New York Times. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Alice Hoffman Bio". Alice Hoffman. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Published Authors List". Fiction. City College of New York. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  6. ^ "alice hoffman new jersey notable book award - Bing". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Hammett Prize". Crime For Dinner. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  8. ^ The Hoffman Breast Center Archived 2015-01-02 at the Wayback Machine. at Mount Auburn Hospital
  9. ^ "Profile: Alice Hoffman." Musleah, Rahel. Hadassah Magazine. Published June–July 2008. Accessed January 5, 2017.

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