Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
University of Pennsylvania
Eugene, Oregon, United States
University of Oregon
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Central Connecticut State University
Hoffman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in 1977. Four years later he earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Oregon. He finally became a Doctor of Philosophy at the Brown University in 1988.
Hoffman's career began in 1981 when he was appointed as a copy chief to the United States Magazine of New York City, working there for a year. He was a special assistant to the dean of graduate school at the Brown University from 1986 till 1990. He was also a visiting scholar at that university from 1992. Hoffman served as an assistant professor at the Central Connecticut State University for a year from 1990.
Hoffman is the author of study guides for “Classics Illustrated” at Acclaim Comics. He is also a contributor to periodicals. His writings include Twain's Heroes, Twain's Worlds, a novel Beehive and Inventing Mark Twain.
"Like most writers, I started as an adolescent. Writers are just people who never stopped writing. Now, with small children, I have become very disciplined about my work, settling in for about five hours of writing time each day. I try to save my reading for the evenings."
"I began writing for money very early—I was twenty-one when I sold my first article—and have always seen writing as part art and part business. I am the sole proprietor of the shop creating strings of words for use by publishers. It is a specialty market, in the extreme. What I write often depends on what publishers want, or what I think they will buy. Of course, I wouldn’t undertake the labor unless I enjoyed it; the pay is too low."
Hoffman married Judith Ellen Gourse on May 28, 1988. They have 2 children - Marcus and Alicia.