Christian D. Larson

New Thought Authors

Charles Francis Haanel

Charles Francis Haanel (1866-1949) was a business leader, philosopher, visionary and writer. He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Hugo and Emeline (Fox) Haanel, the fourth of six children. In 1885 he married Esther M. Smith. They had one son and two daughters. In 1891 his wife died. In 1908 he married for the second time, to Margaret Nicholson of St. Louis, whose father was W. A. Nicholson. He was a member of the Republican Party, and a Freemason and Shriner, a member of the American Society of Psychical Research and of the Rosicrucian Society as well as of the Science League of America.

Haanel’s book The Master Key System, was published in 1912, when he was 46 years old. It is written in the form of a course in New Thought, mental development, financial success, and personal health. By 1933 it had allegedly sold over 200,000 copies worldwide. Haanel practiced the financial principles he preached, and was a self-made success who owned several major companies.

The original Master Key System contained 24 parts or modules of study. Among the key points of Haanel’s system are what he refers to as the laws of concentration, attraction, and harmonious thinking and action. Unique to the Master Key System is a set of exercises that accompany each chapter, and which are systematically building upon each other.

In addition to the Master Key System, Haanel wrote several other books including Mental Chemistry, published in 1922, The New Psychology, published in 1924, A Book about You, published in 1927, and The Amazing Secrets of the Yogi, published in 1937.


Dr. Peter Fritz Walter 2014