William Hoffman (author)

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William Hoffman

Henry William Hoffman (May 16, 1925 – September 12, 2009) was an American writer who published thirteen novels and four books of short stories and two plays. He was born he lived in West Virginia but spent his formative years in southwestern Virginia.

William Hoffman was the recipient of the 1992 Dos Passos Prize|John Dos Passos Prize For Literature, an O'Henry for the sort story and a Dasheill Hammett award for his mystery writing. In 1996 he was awarded the O. Henry Prize. In 1999 he received The Dashiell Hammett Award for the book Tidewater Blood. He wrote mysteries towards the end of his career. His finest novel, "The Trumpet Unblown" reflected his horrific experiences as a medic in World War II.

His short story "Dancer," published in The Sewanee Review, won the 1989 Andrew Lytle Prize.[1]


  • The Trumpet Unblown (1955)
  • Days in the Yellow Leaf (1958)
  • A Place for My Head (1960)
  • The Dark Mountains (1963)
  • Yancey's War (1966)
  • A Walk to the River (1970)
  • A Death of Dreams (1973)
  • The Land That Drank the Rain (1982)
  • Godfires (1985)
  • Furors Die (1990)
  • Tidewater Blood (1998)
  • Blood and Guile (2000)
  • Wild Thorn (2002)
  • Lies (2005)

Short stories[edit]

  • Virginia Reels (1978)
  • By Land, By Sea (1988)
  • Follow Me Home (1994)
  • Doors (1999)


  1. ^ Sewanee Review, Fall 1989, p. cxv.

Further reading[edit]

  • Frank, William, ed. The Fictional World of William Hoffman. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2000.

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