Benjamin Hoff

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Welcome to the only official website for Benjamin Hoff, author of The Tao of Pooh and other books.

For years, people have urged me to start a website to promote my books; but I’m not a self-promoter, and have no interest in becoming one. So this site is not promotional in nature, and has no affiliation with any publisher or agency. It has, in fact, come into existence to announce that I’m leaving the book-writing profession, and to tell why.

A friend of mine is an American Indian activist.  His job, as he describes it, is to encourage Indians to voice their problems, as do members of other “minorities,” so those problems will be given some attention.  The major difficulty, Stony says, is that Native Americans have behind them centuries of warrior orientation and conditioning – and warriors do not complain.  It seems to me that we authors are warriors, too – we pretty much have to be – and as such, we do not voice our problems, except to each other.  I believe that we book-writers, being for the most part instinctive loners as well as emotional and professional warriors, have a hard time recognizing that the individual author’s problem is the profession’s problem, is the industry’s problem, is literature’s problem.  But, in reality, it is.

Before presenting the following essay to back up that assertion, I’d better present some credentials.  The following descriptions of achievement were compiled by past publicists and trimmed down a bit by yours truly.  (Warriors do not complain; they also do not brag.  In writing the essay, I’m letting myself get away with the one uncharacteristic act; I’ll not let myself get away with the other.)

 

 

Benjamin Hoff’s international bestseller The Tao of Pooh was on the New York Times bestseller list for 49 weeks.  Its successor, The Te of Piglet, was on New York Times for 59 weeks.  Both books brought the previously obscure philosophy of Taoism to the attention of mainstream America.  (For a couple of examples of how mainstream:  The Tao of Pooh was the subject of a question in a TV Guide crossword puzzle; The Te of Piglet was the subject of a question on the television show “Jeopardy.”)  For years they have been used as high school and college texts for classes in a wide variety of subjects including science, business, philosophy, literature, and world culture.  They have been publicly endorsed by notables such as English pop-philosophy author John Tyerman Williams, American marketing communication guru Michael Ray, Wall Street investment counselor and author Bennet Goodspeed, and popular actress Julia Roberts. 

 

The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow, Hoff’s biography of 1920s bestselling author and innovative naturalist Opal Whiteley, won an American Book Award.  It succeeded in restoring Miss Whiteley’s initial but long-damaged reputation as a literary genius, and has attained the status of “cult classic.”

 

Benjamin Hoff is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

 


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