Shinn, Everett

Shinn, Everett

Shinn, Everett, 1876-1953, American painter and magazine illustrator, b. Woodstown, N.J., studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Moving to New York City, Shinn created a series of murals for Stanford White that led to numerous commissions. He is best known for his street scenes and vignettes of theatrical life, such as London Music Hall (Metropolitan Mus.) or Revue (Whitney Mus., N.Y.). One of his plays, Hazel Weston; or, More Sinned Against than Usual, played in 7 languages for over 25 years. He was the youngest member of the Eight.
Florence Scovel Shinn (September 24, 1871, Camden, New Jersey - October 17, 1940) was an American artist and book illustrator who turned New Thought spiritual teacher, and metaphysical writer in her middle years. In New Thought circles, she is best known for her first book "The Game of Life and how to Play it" (1925).

Early life

Born Florence Scovel in New Jersey , she was the daughter of a lawyer, Alden Cortland Scovel. She was educated in Philadelphia where she attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and there met her future husband, the artist Everett Shinn (1876-1953). After marriage they moved to 112 Waverly place, near Washington Square, New York and pursued their separate artistic careers. She and Everett were divorced in 1912.

Writings and New Thought

Her metaphysical works began with her self-published "The Game of Life and how to Play it" in 1925. "Your Word is Your Wand" was published in 1928 and " The Secret Door to Success" in 1940. "The Game of Life and how to Play it" includes quotes from the Bible and allegedly real-life anecdotes to explain the author's understanding of God and man. Her philosophy centers around the power of positive thought and usually includes instructions for verbal or physical affirmation. For example, a typical Scovel Schinn piece of advice would be to "spend money like you have lots of it and you will always find more". Her advice is usually accompanied by a "real life" anecdote involving someone following her advice and finding success.

Shinn is considered part of the New Thought movement, as her writings follow in the tradition of Phineas Quimby (1802 - 1866), Emma Curtis Hopkins (1849-1925), and both Charles Fillmore (1854 - 1948) and Myrtle Fillmore (1845 - 1931), co-founders of the Unity Church.

Motivational author Louise Hay acknowledges her as an early influence.


Her philosophy has been summarised as "the invisible forces are ever working for man who is always ‘pulling the strings’ himself, though he does not know it. Owing to the vibratory power of words, whatever man voices, he begins to attract" (1925, p. 21).


  • Shinn, F. S. (1925). The Game of Life. In The writings of Florence Scovel Shinn (1988, pp.1 – 92). Marina del Rey, CA: DeVorss & Company.
  • Your Word is Your Wand 1928
  • The Secret Door to Success 1940.
  • Collected works: F.S. Shinn, The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn: Four complete books, Fireside Books, New York, 1989.



Further reading

The Cornish Colony:

  • Virginia Reed Colby, James B. Atkinson, Footprints of the Past, Images of Cornish, New Hampshire and the Cornish Colony. New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, New Hampshire, 1996.

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