Location: Wilsonville, Oregon, United States
Benjamin L. Hoff, Author, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in writing.
An internationally-renowned author, Mr. Hoff has been involved in the realm of writing for more than three decades. Growing up in a family of artists, engineers and explorers, his roots have grown to touch upon a multitude of shores, having previously served as an investigative photojournalist, a tree pruner, a songwriter, a recording artist and a singer, among his other occupations. Completing coursework at the University of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Evergreen State College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1973, Mr. Hoff has remained a prominent and versatile figure in the arts and communications industries.
Mr. Hoff is most distinguished as the author of the best-selling books “The Tao of Pooh” and “The Te of Piglet,” published in 1982 and 1992, respectively. His books are acclaimed due to their explanation of the Chinese philosophy of Taoism through the characters created by A.A. Milne, and they remained on The New York Times’ bestseller list between 49 and 59 weeks. Mr. Hoff’s instruction on Taoism brought to light the complexities of the philosophical ideology to mainstream American culture, his books highlighted as the subjects in various crossword puzzles and on the popular TV show “Jeopardy.” In addition, his work has been used in high school and college classrooms as study materials for a variety of subject areas, including science, business, philosophy and world culture.
In addition, Mr. Hoff is the author of “The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Rediscovered Diary of Opal Whiteley” in 1986, a biography of Opal Whiteley, an eminent author and nature teacher whose childhood dairies have been read and analyzed since the early 1920s. Acknowledged as a “cult classic,” Mr. Hoff’s book won the American Book Award in 1988 and is most credited as the foundation to the current global intrigue surrounding Opal Whiteley.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the world of authorship, Mr. Hoff has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America. Notably, he was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Enjoying playing classical guitar and photography in his spare time, he is currently designing a line of solid body electric guitars.
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