Shinn in her artist’s studio circa 1903. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Splendor of Florence Scovel Shinn

Why the inspirational author has touched readers for a century

Mitch Horowitz
8 min readNov 9, 2023

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What makes a “serious writer”? In the final book of metaphysical author Florence Scovel Shinn, The Secret Door to Success, venerable New Thought minister Emmet Fox (1886–1951) wrote in his 1940 foreword:

One secret of Shinn’s success was that she was always…

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Mitch Horowitz

"Treats esoteric ideas & movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness"-Washington Post | PEN Award-winning historian | Censored in China