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About The James Allen Library


The mission of this site is to further expose James Allen's works to the world and to bring him to the forefront of his genre of literature. This site will provide a place for others to explore his thoughts and find inspiration in his writings—just as he could have done if he had the internet in his time. You can read, search, and discuss most of Allen's writings on this site.

The following was written in Allen's time, "The James Allen Library" being refered to as his complete set of works, but it also applies nicely to this site:

The James Allen Library is more widely read and more greatly appreciated today than ever before. In the great stress and turmoil of the present day it carries a message of strength and calm to perplexed and storm-tossed hearts, lighting up the way so that weary and tired feet may not stumble and fall in the darkness, and giving wisdom and guidance to see the right under all circumstances. It is cheering the soldier on the battlefield, helping him to be a brave, fearless, and courageous man, faithful, true, and obedient to Duty. It is bringing hope and comfort and joy to the wounded and sick in hospital, it is binding up the broken-hearted, enabling them to suffer and be strong that Right may prevail, and Love and Truth triumph over wrong. It is strengthening the weak and making men strong the strong. Thousands of men and women in all parts of the world have rend these books, and tens of thousands more shall read them, for they contain the message for the future; within them men and women shall find the Light and Truth they have been seeking tor, for in them is contained the Heart of the New World.

One writes: "Words cannot express what the James Allen Library is becoming to me. The books are indeed as precious jewels, and, at the present time, when I can see nothing but a great darkness, and when thick clouds of sorrow are around me, I am indeed finding in them a lamp to light the way of my feet up the steep pathway, and by them I know l shall come out into the sunshine again.”

"Life was all a dark mystery to me," says one, "until I found the writings of James Allen. Many times I wished I had the courage to end it all; despair and horror wrapped me round, and there was no light or rest anywhere. One day I found From Poverty to Power. I read it like a starving man eats a crust to save his life, but it was no crust, but the very bread of life to me, body and soul. I arose from the reading of that book a new creature, a new world around me, Hope in my heart, Courage in my soul, and a bright Light upon the way before me. I found Life through the words of James Allen. Since then I have read the whole of the James Allen Library, and no words of mine can ever express what those books have done for me. Were I a rich man I would send them broadcast throughout the whole world that thousands of men who are in darkness as I was might find the Light."

What You'll Find Here

You'll find a collection of works by—and related to—author James Allen posted here, this site is the largest and most comprehensive collection of works by Allen online. All of Allen's books are available as well as most issues of his magazine, The Light of Reason. In his magazine, Allen often mentioned and reviewed books by other authors, you'll find those here as well. Works by other authors are only found here if it is known that Allen read it.

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James and Lily Allen moved to a house in Ilfracombe that they called Bryngoleu, or "Hill of Light" in 1900 where they remained for the rest of their lives. Most of Allen's works were penned from this house located at 33 Broad Park Avenue, Devon, England.

The house was recently for sale. Below is the description from the listing company, John Smale and Co:


A most impressive 4 bedroom detached house, with 2 bed self contained apartment, located in a sought after area of Ilfracombe. It has retained many of its original features including open period fireplaces, sash windows and a fantastic staircase with a spacious 27ft entrance hall. The property comprises 3 large reception rooms, fitted kitchen/breakfast room with solid wood units and work surfaces. To the first floor is a master bedroom measuring 23ft (plus wardrobe space) x 17ft with dressing area and en-suite shower room. Also on this level are 3 further bedrooms two with en-suite facilities and a family bathroom. The 2nd floor self contained annex consists of 2 beds, kitchen/diner, lounge with large velux window and bathroom. The property has a well maintained enclosed garden to the rear with a large raised decked area ideal for entertaining. There are a range of flower and shrub borders with further seating and BBQ areas. The property also benefits from 2 cellar/workshop areas, gas central heating system, detached double garage and additional parking for several vehicles. Due to the properties size and flexibility it could suit a range of potential buyers. It currently serves as a stunning family home but equally could be a successful B&B or also may suit dual family occupation. The property also has the added benefit of a New Roof with large velux window.

Part glazed door with two windows to the front aspect, exposed brick walls with decorative inserts, marland brick flooring and part glazed door to entrance hall.

8.28m x 2.30m (27' 2" x 7' 7") with part glazed door to front with leaded light stained glass side panels, radiator, ornate cornicing, picture rail, wall lights, and doors opening to several rooms.

5.35m x 5.25m (17' 7" x 17' 3") With bay window to the front aspect, glazed French doors to front, picture rail, cornicing feature cast iron open fireplace with mantle over, servants bell(not in use), high skirting boards, double radiator, exposed floorboards.

Bay window to rear aspect, cornicing, picture rail, period feature open fireplace with cast iron grate and period tile surround, servants bell (not in use), high skirting boards, two double radiators, exposed treated floorboards.

5.39m x 4.02m (17' 8" x 13' 2") Having three double glazed windows to the side aspect, recessed spot lights, range of solid wood and glazed wall and base units with solid wood butchers block work surface over, inset white ceramic sink unit with mixer tap, space for fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, Space for dining table and chairs, tiled splash back to sink area, chrome ladder style radiator. Range style cooker with stainless steel splash back and extractor hood. Ceramic tiled flooring and door opening to breakfast room.

4.33m x 3.64m (14' 2" x 11' 11") With sash window to the rear aspect, fitted cupboard housing hot water cylinder, inglenook fireplace housing solid fuel Rayburn, double radiator, picture rail and exposed floorboards.

4.45m x 4.11m (14' 7" x 13' 6")Having attractive wooden ornate banister and spindles, fitted storage cupboards, radiator, wall lights and doors off to:-


7.20m x 5.27m plus wardrobe space (23' 7" x 17' 3") With bay window to the rear aspect with far reaching views over the Torrs and sea views, picture rail, high skirting boards, double radiator, wood effect laminate flooring, open plan to:

Sash window to the rear aspect again with far reaching views , picture rail, fitted wardrobes with integral mirror, double radiator, wood effect laminated flooring, door to EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM 2.49m x 1.49m (8' 2" x 4' 11") With double shower cubicle with electric shower system and glazed door, range of fitted bathroom units and vanity sink unit with mixer tap, low level W.C. concealed cistern, part tiled walls, ladder style heated towel radiator. Having recessed spotlights and ceramic tiled flooring.

4.42m x 4.56m (14' 6" x 15' ) With windows to the front aspect , glazed French doors leading out to al balcony which covers the width of the house, period feature fireplace with period tile inserts, high skirting boards, double radiator. Fitted shower cubicle with electric shower system. Door opening to ENSUITE W.C. Low level W.C, extractor fan, pedestal wash hand basin and tiled splash back.

4.19m x 3.09m (13' 9" x 10' 2") Window to front, picture rail, fitted sink unit with tiled splash backs, high skirting boards, and radiator.

3.60m x 2.29m (11' 10" x 7' 6") With double glazed window to side aspect, radiator, picture rail and door to:

2.60m x 1.01m (8' 6" x 3' 4") Opaque double glazed window to side aspect, fully tiled shower cubicle with Mira thermostatic shower system, glazed folding door. Low level W.C, pedestal wash hand basin, part tiled walls with decorative edging.

2.61m x 1.71m (8' 7" x 5' 7") With opaque double glazed window to the side aspect, White three piece suite comprising, pedestal wash hand basin, low level W.C, tiled splash backs, panel enclosed bath with shower mixer tap, radiator and wood effect laminate flooring.

With double glazed window to side aspect providing far reaching views across the Torrs, doors to:-


4.68m x 2.52m (15' 4" x 8' 3") with double glazed window to side aspect offering far reaching views of Ilfracombe. Range of fitted base units with stainless steel sink and drainer unit over and tiled splash back, space for fridge, freezer, dining table and chair, loft access, doors to :-

4.97m x 2.90m (16' 4" x 9' 6") with double glazed window with far reaching views to side aspect, radiator and built in eaves storage cupboards, large velux window to rear aspect.

2.69m x 1.60m (8' 10" x 5' 3") Newly decorated, with opaque double glazed window to aspect, White three piece suite comprising panel enclosed bath, low level W.C. pedestal wash hand basin with tiled splash back, ceramic tiled flooring.

4.64m x 4.40m (15' 3" x 14' 5") With double glazed window to side aspect with views over Ilfracombe and to the sea, radiator.

5.16m x 4.54m (16' 11" x 14' 11") Window to the front which gives access to the upper balcony and views to The Torrs, radiator, picture rail.

With under stairs storage cupboard, lighting and double glazed door to the rear garden.

To the rear is a well maintained garden consisting of a raised enclosed decked area, feature flower borders and established trees. A circular lawned area adds a focal point, a second decked area, barbeque area, outdoor lighting and water tap. There is access to two cellars, a side access gate to parking, and to the front and side garden and garages.

CELLAR AREA 1 (16'04 x 12'10)
With restricted headroom. Window and door to the garden, power and lighting.

CELLAR AREA 2 (16'2 X 12'1)
Again with restricted head room, with window and door to garden, central heating boiler, power and lighting.
To the front of the property is a well maintained shrub area, patio area and pathway to the front entrance, side patio and access to the garages and rear garden.

GARAGE 1 (18'2 x 8'6)

GARAGE 2 (18'2 x 8'6)
Ideal garage / workshop offering power and lighting, work bench and up and over door. To the front of this garage is off road parking suitable for two vehicles and further off road parking for several vehicles can be found to the side of the property accessed via Belmont Road.

*Images posted by permission of current owner.

*Street View images captured from Google Maps.


Obituaries of James Allen

Death of Mr. James Allen

Ilfracombe Chronicle, January 27th, 1912

Widespread regret will be felt at the comparatively sudden death, at the age of 47, of Mr. James Allen, who passed away on Wednesday at his residence, Bryngoleu, Broad Park Avenue. The deceased had only been ill about a week. Mr. Allen was at one time Secretary to Mr. Sidney Beard, founder of the "Golden Age," who lived in Ilfracombe for awhile, and removed to Paignton. After leaving Mr. Beard, Mr. Allen went to Bath for a time, and came to llfracombe about 12 years ago. He was a man of retiring disposition, and took no part at all in public affairs. He started in November, 1905, a "Brotherhood,...whose object was the extending of the empire of righteousness. Its press organ was The Epoch (formerly The Light of Reason,) and it had members in all parts of the world.

Mr. Allen was a cultured writer, with a facile pen and a command of choice language. In addition to his detached articles, which appeared in several publications, he wrote more than a dozen books of poems and essays. These were marked by very high ethical teaching, and some of them have secured a wide circulation, especially in America, where they were better known than in England. Chief of them are From Poverty to Power, Byways of Blessedness, As a man thinketh (this is considered his best work) and his latest book is The Eight Pillars of Prosperity.

Mr. Allen, who was a total abstainer and a vegetarian, was a very firm believer in the cause of Peace, and a profound lover of all that belongs to the beauty of the world of nature. He will leave the record of a sincere and earnest life, which had the one desire to do as much good as possible to the minds and hearts of men.

Mr. Allen leaves a widow and one daughter. Mrs. Allen is also well-known as an author, and will command the sympathy of all in her severe loss.

The body of the deceased will, by his desire, be taken to Leicester for cremation, and it is also desired that no flowers shall be sent.


An Appreciation (Communicated)

As the day was beginning to dawn on Wednesday, there passed from the midst of us a spirit such as few of his fellow townsmen realized as their possession. Mr. James Allen was well known by sight to most of us, but only a small number saw within the quiet wan with the sometimes abstracted manner, the great, sweet soul whose thoughts have flowed out to all the world, bringing blessing to thousands, and thanks and benedictions from the ends of the earth. The writer has been his friend ever since his coming to Ilfracombe 12 years ago, and yet he has realized today more than ever, that this was a man whose like we shall not look upon again. For long he has said, that while many called more orthodoxly and more loudly "Lord, Lord!" few have done the will of the Heavenly Father as humbly and constantly as James Allen. Years ago he wrote in his diary of him "He is the most Christlike man I know."

Mr. Allen's books, and his magazine, The Epoch, are perhaps better known abroad, especially in America, than in England. His work will be carried on by Mrs. Allen at his wish. He was a devoted husband and father, and our hearts sympathies go out to Mrs. Allen and their only daughter in this, the time of their desolation.


Death of Mr. James Allen

Ilfracombe Gazette & Observer, January 26th, 1912

It is with profound regret we have to record the death of Mr. James Allen, of "Bryngoleu," Broad Park Avenue, Ilfracombe, who passed away early on Wednesday morning. Mr. Allen, who was 47 years of age, was universally held in the highest esteem, and widespread regret will be felt at his passing away.

Mr. Allen was a gentleman of exceptional talent, and was a very cultured writer. In 1905 he started a "Brotherhood," for extending the empire of righteousness, and at the present time it has members in all parts of the world. Its official organ is The Epoch (formerly The Light of Reason), which was founded and edited by Mr. Allen. He as a prolific writer, and his books have a very large circulation in America and in India, as well as in England. He has left a few works in manuscript, which, we understand, will be published in due course by Mrs. Allen, who is also a cultured writer. His writings are marked by high ethical teaching.

The deceased gentleman was at one time a secretary to Mr. Sidney Beard, founder of the Golden Age. After leaving Mr. Beard, who live in Ilfracombe for a time, Mr. Allen went to Bath, returning to Ilfracombe about twelve years ago. Of a retiring disposition, he took no active part in public affairs. He was a total abstainer and a non-smoker all his life, and a vegetarian for sixteen years.

Mr. Allen was a man of sterling qualities, and his demise will be a real loss to the cause of righteousness.

Mr. Allen leaves a widow and a daughter to mourn their loss, and much sympathy is felt with them in their bereavement.


A Friend's Tribute

It was with very great sorrow we all learnt of the death of our fellow townsman. Mr. Allen, whose spirit passed into the broadening light he loved as the day began to dawn on Wednesday last. For some time he has suffered periodically, bearing it in stoical silence, but a week ago he suddenly sat down in his chair and realized that the end was near. The sympathy of all goes out to Mrs. Allen and her only daughter in their bereavement.

Mrs. Allen will carry on her husband's work by his desire. His books have a great vogue in America and, elsewhere, and Above Life's Turmoil, From Poverty to Power, The Life Triumphant, Through the Gate of Good, Poems of Peace, and some half-dozen others have come as messages of help and cheer to thousands, as grateful letters testify. Every prophet and preacher speaks only to those who are prepared to hear, and it is not surprising that these books, and the monthly Epoch have appealed only to some—but Ilfracombe might be surprised to know how many that "some" include. And the writer, a friend of years, can testify to Mr. Allen's beauty of character, as partly revealed to him. He pronounced to Shibboleth, but loved mercy, and did justly, and walked humbly with his God.

We understand there will be no funeral ceremony in Ilfracombe, as cremation will take place in Leicester, and in consequence no flowers should be sent.


Death Certificate of James Allen

Be it known that James Allen of no. 33 Broad Park Avenue, Ilfracombe, in the County of Devon, editor and author, who at the time of his death had a fixed place of abode at Ilfracombe within the District of the County of Devon, died on the 24th day of January, 1912 at Ilfracombe aforesaid, and be it further known that at the date hereunto written, the last will and Testament of the said deceased was proved and registered in the District Probate Registry of His Majesty's High Court of Justice at Exeter, and that administration of all the estate which by law devolves to and vests in the personal representative of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to Lily Louisa Allen of no. 33 Broad Park Avenue aforesaid, Widow, the Relict of the deceased, one of the Executors named in the said Will. Power being reserved of making the like grant to Thomas John Hann, the other Executor.

Dated the 9th day of February 1912.

[value of estate]



Last Will and Testament of James Allen

This is the last Will and Testament of me, James Allen, of 33 Broad Park Avenue, Ilfracombe, in the county of Devon, Editor and Author. I devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate unto my wife Lily Louisa Allen absolutely. And I appoint my said wife Lily Louisa Allen Executor and my Brother in Law Thomas John Hann Executor this my Will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand to this my Will the 23rd day of August, One thousand nine hundred and eleven.

[signed James Allen]

Signed by the said, James Allen, the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us both being present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

A. W. Oram of Clones Ireland, Branch Bank Manager

James H. Wigglesworth of Sutton Goldfield Warwickshire

On the nineth day of February, 1912, probate of this Will was granted at Exeter to Lily Louisa Allen, Widow, the Relict, one of the Executors.


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