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Florence Scovel Shinn

1871 - 1940

Florence Scovel was born in 1871 in Camden, NJ. Her mother was the former Emily Hopkinson and her father was Alden Cortlandt Scovel, a lawyer in Camden. Florence was educated in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. She met her future husband there, Everett Shinn, an impressionistic painter. After 14 years of marriage, her husband requested a divorce.

Before WWI, Florence was an illustrator of children's literature. After fourteen years of marriage, her husband requested a divorce.

In 1925, she self-published her book, "The Game of Life and How to Play It." She published "Your Word is Your Wand" in 1928, and "The Secret Door to Success" in 1940, shortly before her death. "The Power of the Spoken Word" is a compilation of her notes and published posthumously in 1945.

Florence was an artist and a metaphysical teacher. Based on what she writes in her books, she was an early New Thought practitioner. She often used examples of clients for whom she had successfully "spoken her word."

Her books are short, but profound, and she explains New Thought principles in an easy and entertaining style. In her books, Florence reveals how positive beliefs, affirmations and "control of one's emotions" will bring happiness and success to one's life.

I've included the pdf files of three of her books that are in the public domain. Interestingly, in "The Secret Door to Success," she writes of the metaphysical meaning of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the last chapter. But that chapter doesn't appear in the public domain books I found on the Internet.

You can find and read that chapter on Google books if you search on "Florence Scovel Shinn Seven Dwarfs."

Your Word is Your Wand

The Game of Life

The Secret Door to Success


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