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Ralph Waldo Trine

(1866 - February 22, 1958)

New Thought Author Ralph Waldo Trine

About New Thought Author Thomson Jay Hudson

Ralph Waldo Trine, born in Northern Illinois, was an influential early new thought writer and early pioneer of the New Thought movement. He was also a philosopher, mystic, teacher and author of many self-help books. In 1891, Trine received his AB degree from the Carhage College Academy, Knox College. He then went on to study at the University of Wisconsin and later at Johns Hopkins University, majoring in the fields of political science and history. He had a great interested in the social and economic problems of the time, even winning a prize for his essay "The Effects of Human Education on the Prevention of Crime".

After his graduate studies, Ralph Waldo Trine began writing for The Boston Daily Evening Transcript. It was around this time he built a cabin for himself at the edge of a pine grove seeking peace and simplicity. He soon met and married Grace Hyde, an author and poetess, and together they had a son named Robert. The Trines lived in Mt. Airy New York for many years. During this time, Trine became involved in the metaphysical seminars held near Lake Oscawana, New York, and it was here where he seriously began his writing career. A few years later, the Trines moved to California where they both settled down. Ralph and his wife each continued with their writing careers, and much of Ralph's leisure time was spent planting and tending fruit trees, a favorite hobby of his. In their later years, Both Ralph and his wife moved to Plymouth Place, an elderly living facility for religious professionals in Claremont, California. It was here they spent their final days.

During his career, Trine wrote over a dozen books and was still writing into his 70s. His most important work was "In Tune With the Infinite", which sold over 2 million copies. A few famous readers of his book were Queen Victoria, movie star janet Gaynor, and industrialist Henry Ford, who credited his success directly to having read Trine's book. Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science, was also greatly influenced by Trine's work.

Troughout his life, Trine never sought fame or fortune for himself, yet the legacy of his work was of great value to mankind. Ralph Waldo Trine was a true pioneer in the area of life-transforming thought. His powerful and life-transforming writings reached far beyond New Thought circles out to the general public, although his name remains still largely unknown today.

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