Alice Hoffman

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Alice Hoffman : biography

March 16, 1952 –

Alice Hoffman (born March 16, 1952) is an American novelist and young-adult and children’s writer, best known for her 1996 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.


  • Independence Day (1983) (writer)
  • Practical Magic (1998) (novel)
  • Sudbury (2004) (novel, Practical Magic)
  • The River King (2005) (novel)
  • Aquamarine (2006) (novel)


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

She wrote the screenplay for the 1983 film Independence Day, starring Kathleen Quinlan and Dianne Wiest.

Hoffman is a Scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center. at Brandeis University

Personal life

She and her husband reside in Boston. After being treated for breast cancer at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, she helped establish the hospital’s Hoffman Breast Center. at Mount Auburn Hospital

Early life and education

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City and raised on Long Island, New York. Her grandmother was Russian. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She earned a Master of Arts degree in creative writing from Stanford University, where she was Mirrellees Fellow.