Learn how and when to remove this template message Atkinson was a prolific writer, and his many books achieved wide circulation among New Thought devotees and occult practitioners. According to this group, Atkinson has been identified as the author or co-author with individuals such as Edward E. Beals and Lauron William de Laurence of separate titles. One such title, for which Atkinson is credited as the author, with the copyright internally assigned to Towne, is The Psychology of Salesmanship, published in They were written in such a way as to form a course of practical instruction.
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December 5, — November 22, About New Thought Author William Walker Atkinson William Walker Atkinson was an attorney, merchant, publisher, and author, as well as an occultist and a very important and influential figure in the early days of the New Thought movement.
As a teenager he worked as a grocer for his father. In he married Margret Foster Black and they had two children, one which died very young. In , Atkinson pursued a business career and would go on to became a succesful lawyer.
But over time, the stress of the business eventually took its toll, and during this time he experienced a complete mental and physical breakdown, as well as extreme financial setbacks. In later years, Atkinson attributed the restoration of his mental and physical health, and his subsequent material prosperity, to the application of the New Thought principles. Some time after his healing, Atkinson began to write about the New Thought truths he had discovered in the process, which were then known as Mental Science.
In the early , Atkinson moved to Chicago, which at the time had become a major centre for New Thought, mainly through the work of Emma Curtis Hopkins. He would go on to become an ative promoter of the movement as an editor and author. During these years he gathered a large following in the New Thought movement and eventually founded his own Psychic club and the so-called "Atkinson School of Mental Science".
His many books achieved wide circulation among bioth New Thought devotees and occult practitioners. Around this time, he was also given the role of the honorary president of the International New Thought Alliance.
William Walker Atkinson was well known to author many of his works under the use of pseudonymns, or anonymous pen names. He is known to be the author of the pseudonymous works attributed to the names: Theron Q. Atkinson also wrote a 6-volume series named The The Arcane Teachings , without signature.
After 50 years of simultaneously successful careers in business, writing and publishing, occultism, law, and his work within the New Thought Movement, Atkinson passed away November 22, in Los Angeles, California at the age of
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