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Alice Hoffman was born on March 16, 1952 in New York City, and raised in Franklin Square, Long Island. After receiving her BA from Adelphi University, she pursued her MA in creative writing at the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, where her mentor was Albert Guerard. She published her first novel, Property Of, while still a student at Stanford.
She has written thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and eight children and young adult works. Her many honors include an Oprah Book Club selection as well as the motion picture adaptation of her novel Practical Magic. Her novels are frequently included on the New York Times bestseller list, including her most recent novel, The Rules of Magic. Her works have been translated widely around the world.
Hoffman has a long history of philanthropy and over the years has made significant donations from her advances to establish the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital, located in Cambridge, MA and also sponsors the Alice Hoffman Young Writers Retreat at Adelphi University as well as the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program.