The only official website –- and, in all probability, the only factually correct website –- for the author Benjamin Hoff.
Benjamin Hoff is the author of The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet, both of which explain the Chinese philosophy of Taoism through the characters created by A.A. Milne, and The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow, his biography of fellow Oregon author and charismatic nature teacher Opal Whiteley. All three books were Book-of-the-Month Club selections. The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet were also selections of the Quality Paperback Book Club.
The Tao of Pooh –- an international bestseller and the first Taoist-authored book in history to appear on bestseller lists –- was on The New York Times’ bestseller list for 49 weeks. Its international-bestseller 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 screen actress Julia Roberts.
The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow, the book most often credited with the current worldwide interest in Opal Whiteley, won an American Book Award. It is the only book on Opal Whiteley popularly acknowledged as a “cult classic.”
In 2010, as part of the publisher’s 75th anniversary celebration, Penguin Books selected The Tao of Pooh to be one of the 75 books featured in the house’s printed promotion and public displays.
The descendant of two family lines of artists, engineers, and explorers, Benjamin Hoff has been a writer, an investigative photojournalist, a tree pruner, a songwriter, and a recording musician and singer. He has studied architecture, music, fine arts, graphic design, and Asian culture –- including Japanese Tea Ceremony (third certificate level), Japanese fine-pruning methods (two years of apprenticeship), and the comparatively esoteric martial-art form of T’ai Chi Ch’uan (four years of instruction, including a year of Ch’i Kung).
He attended Sylvan School, West Sylvan Middle School, Benson Polytechnic, Lincoln High School (the latter two in Portland), the University of Oregon in Eugene, the Museum Art School (now the Pacific Northwest College of Art) in Portland, and The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, from which he graduated with a B.A. degree.
From his father –- a scholar and collector of Asian art, and a close friend of the landscape painter Chiura Obata –- he gained a familiarity with and a love of Eastern ways; from his mother’s English/Irish/Welsh family background, he gained a familiarity with and a love of British literature and culture. These East/West influences eventually came together in the writing of The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet.
Benjamin Hoff enjoys playing classical guitar, composing music, photographing nature, and “improving things.” At present, he is designing a line of revolutionary solidbody electric guitars and speaker cabinets.
Benjamin Hoff is listed in Who’s Who in America, and is one of only 55,000 individuals selected from the populations of 215 nations and territories to be listed in Who’s Who in the World.
Benjamin Hoff has not authorized any e-book editions of any of his books. Any company or organization that states or implies that it has his authorization for its e-book editions of his work is lying as well as stealing. Anyone purchasing or downloading any e-book editions of these books is violating the author’s rights.
By the end of December, it will have been five years since I’ve received any reader mail forwarded to me by Penguin USA (now Penguin Publishing Group, part of Penguin Random House). However, I’ve been receiving reader mail every week at the P.O. box listed on this website – letters, books, DVDs, etc. Some people say they have sent letters to me in care of Penguin as well as to the P.O. box listed below. Those sent to the P.O. box have arrived; those sent to me by way of Penguin have not.
- November 15, 2013
Although it is approaching three years now since I've received any forwarded reader mail from Penguin USA, Penguin continues to insist that the reason is that no one is sending any mail to me in care of Penguin. Readers generally aren't sending letters to authors anymore, they say. (And no books? And none of the other interesting things that readers send to authors?) People are sending mostly e-mails now, says Penguin, not letters. (Does that mean that people are sending e-mails to me in care of Penguin USA? Hmmm.)
If I remember correctly, I began voicing my concerns to Penguin about a suspiciously small quantity of forwarded reader mail when paperback editions of The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet were both occupying positions on The New York Times' bestseller list (1993-1994) -- at least I had done so by the time I was listed as one of the top bestselling paperback authors of 1994. E-mail had not exactly caught on in l994.
If you have sent mail in any form to me in care of Penguin USA, please let me know by writing to:
P. O. Box 527
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me in this matter.