James Allen was born in Leicester, England on November 28, 1864. When he was fifteen, the family business failed and his father left for America to find work. His father was murdered before he could send for the family and subsequently, James left school and worked for several British manufacturers until 1902. His literary career lasted only nine years until his death in 1912. As A Man Thinketh was his second book. In fact, it was only upon his wife’s insistence that he published the book. He wrote nineteen books in all. As You Think is his acknowledged masterpiece.