George Hochfield earned his doctorate in English at the University of California, Berkeley. His specialty was American literature, and he has published important works on Henry Adams and on New England Transcendentalism.
As a translator from Italian he has published a memoir, The Officers Camp by Giampiero Carocci and a novel, Luisa and the Silence, by Claudio Piersanti. He was also the principal translator, in collaboration with Leonard Nathan, of the Selected Poems of Umberto Saba (Yale University Press, 2008). This work was a finalist for the 2010 Lewis Galantière award of the American Translators Association.