Charles Fenno Hoffman, an American author, born in New York in 1806. In 1817 his leg was crushed between a steamboat and the wharf and had to be amputated. He was educated at Columbia college, which he left in the junior year, was admitted to the bar at the age of 21, and practised for three years, during which time he became associated with Charles King in the " New York American" newspaper. He was the first editor of the "Knickerbocker Magazine," but resigned the post after the issue of a few numbers. In 1835 he published " A Winter in the West" (2 vols.), recording the experience of a journey made in 1833; and in 1837 "Wild Scenes in the Forest and the Prairie" (2 vols.). His only novel, "Greyslaer," appeared in 1840. In 1842 his lyrics were published in a volume entitled "The Vigil of Faith, and other Poems," and in 1844 " The Echo, or Borrowed Notes for Home Circulation," a second volume of poetry. "Love's Calendar, and other Poems" (New York, 1848), is a more complete collection of his lyrics. In 1846-'7 he edited the "Literary World." About 1850 he became afflicted with a mental disorder, and has since lived in a lunatic asylum.

A new edition of his poems, edited by his nephew, Edward Fenno Hoffman, was published in 1874.