James Allen (1864-1912) was an Englishman who retired from the business world to pursue a lifestyle of writing and contemplation. Published in 1901, From Poverty to Power is Allen's first book and was also titled The Realization of Prosperity and Peace. It consists of two sections that were later published as individual books: "The Path to Prosperity" and "The Way of Peace". It contains many poems that were later published in Poems of Peace. The book shows how one may rise above adversity and poverty by taking the paths of material prosperity and truth to ultimately reach the goal of spiritual peace. Enduring success in any field is shown to be the result of inner adjustment and growth.