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James Allen (1864-1912) was a philosophical writer of British nationality known for his inspirational books and poetry. He worked as an executive secretary for a large company. At age 38, inspired by the writings of Leo Tolstoy, he retired from employment. Allen[s books illustrate the use of the power of thought to increase personal capabilities. Although he never achieved great fame or wealth, his works continue to influence people around the world, including the New Thought movement. Allen[s most famous book, As a Man Thinketh, was published in 1902. It is now considered a classic self-help book. Amongst his other works are Above Life[s Turmoil (1910) and The Way of Peace (1907).