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Friday, October 12, 2018 through
Monday, December 31, 2018


Swirbul Library

Magic, Matriarchs and Manuscripts: The Alice Hoffman Papers

“For me, fiction itself was magic”
– Alice Hoffman

In 2014, bestselling author Alice Hoffman (1952- ) donated her literary papers to Adelphi. Housed at the University Archives and Special Collections unit of Adelphi University Libraries, the Alice Hoffman Papers consist of literary manuscripts, correspondence, personal papers, photographs, published (and unpublished) works, and other materials documenting Hoffman’s writing career.
The author of more than 30 published works, Alice Hoffman’s oeuvre spans a remarkable range of genres including novels, short stories, screenplays, memoir, children’s books, young adult fiction, essays and book reviews.

Hoffman has tackled a broad array of subjects and themes in her fiction, from issues of contemporary relevance including the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the environment, drug addiction, and suburban life to enduring matters such as love, family, survival, motherhood, and the blurry lines separating memory, myth and history. She is perhaps best known for that element of her work that has been variously described as “magical,” “otherworldly,” “mystical” and “enchanted.” “Countless reviews,” notes critic Maryanne O’Hara, “speak of her skill in fusing the mysterious with the practical, the dark with the optimistic.”

This exhibition offers an overview of the Alice Hoffman Papers with a representative selection of items drawn from across the collection on display.

For more information, please contact:

Brian McDonald, PhD
Assistant University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian
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