James Allen (1864 - 1912) was a philosophical writer and known for his inspirational books and poetry.
Although James Allen is more widely known for his As a Man Thinketh, it is the lesser known The Way of Peace (1907) which reflects more accurately his New Thought Movement affiliations, referencing as it does Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.
Allen left school as a teenager shortly after his father, a businessman, was murdered in a robbery.
James was just 15 years old when he to work full-time in several manufacturing firms to help support the family. He later became an executive secretary for a large company only deciding to retire at the young age of 38, when he moved his family to a small cottage in Ilfracombe, Devon, England .