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For Hoff, More Tao After Pooh's
Judy Quinn -- 12/8/97
Writer Benjamin Hoff certainly got some mileage out of A.A. Milne; Hoff's The Tao of Pooh (1982) sold about 200,000 copies in hardcover and 1.8 million in paperback; its followup, The Te of Piglet (1992), sold about 325,000 in hardcover, 300,000 in paperback. Both books were published by Dutton, which has a rights agreement with the Milne estate. Now Hoff will write a collection of original Taoist fables for Anchor, with publication tentatively scheduled for next spring. Executive editor Roger Scholl acquired the book from agent Jim Hornfischer of The Literary Group International for a mid-six-figure advance -- quite a leap from Hoff's unagented $10,000 advance for Pooh.

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