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Who was James Allen?
Although his book, As A Man Thinketh, has inspired millions
around the world and is partly responsible for launching an entire
self-improvement industry, very little is known about its author,
James Allen. He was born in Leicester, England in
1864 and worked as a personal secretary for an
executive of a large English corporation until 1902. At
the age of 38 he “retired” to writing and moved with his
wife to a small cottage at Ilfracombe, England. He
penned more than 20 works before suddenly passing
away at the age of 48.
As A Man Thinketh has influenced many contemporary writers
including Norman Vincent Peale, Earl Nightingale, Denis Waitley
and Tony Robbins, among others.
His “little volume”, as he called it, has been translated into five
major languages, inspiring millions of readers to recognize that
man’s visions can become reality, simply through the power of
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This little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is
not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written-upon
subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than
explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the
discovery and perception of the truth that "They themselves are
makers of themselves" by virtue of the thoughts which they choose
and encourage; that m