Elizabeth Towne

Elizabeth Towne (1865 – 1960) was an influential writer, editor, and publisher in the New Thought and self-help movements.

She was the founder and publisher of Nautilus Magazine, a Journal of the New Thought Movement that ran from 1898 through 1953. She was forced to close it due to her advancing age (she was 88 years old at the time).

She also operated the Elizabeth Towne Company, which published an extensive list of New Thought, metaphysical, self-help, and self-improvement books.


In addition to the many articles and editorials she wrote for Nautilus Magazine during its 55-year history, books by Elizabeth Towne include:

  • Experiences in Self-Healing
  • Fifteen Lessons in New Thought or Lessons in Living
  • Happiness And Marriage
  • Health Through New Thought and Fasting (with Wallace Wattles)
  • How to Grow Success
  • How to Use New Thought in Home Life
  • Lessons in Living
  • The Life Power and How to Use It
  • Joy Philosophy
  • Just How to Concentrate
  • Just How to Cook Meals Without Meat
  • Just How to Train Children and Parents
  • Just How to Wake the Solar Plexus Elizabeth Towne Co. 1906.; repr. 1926.
  • Practical Methods for Self-Development: Spiritual, Mental, Physical
  • You and Your Forces