Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952, raised on Long Island, graduated from Adelphi University and received an M.A. in creative writing from Stanford University, where she was a Mirrielees Fellow from 1973 to 1974. She currently lives near Boston with her family and her dogs.
Her first novel, Property Of, was written at the age of twenty-one, while she was studying at Stanford, and published shortly thereafter by Farrar Straus and Giroux. She credits her mentor, professor and writer Albert J. Guerard and his wife, the writer Maclin Bocock Guerard, for helping her to publish her first short story in the magazine Fiction.
Alice Hoffman has published a total of thirteen novels, one book of short fiction, and three books for children. Her work has been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions.
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