The Books and Writings of Charles F. Haanel
Over the course of his lifetime, Charles F. Haanel wrote five known books and four known pamphlets or marketing pieces. There are also mentions of books that he wrote (either in marketing pieces or in the US Copyright Office) for which examples could not be found, so it is unknown if they were ever published or, if they were, if there are any copies surviving today.
The following will display the books and marketing pieces that Haanel wrote and how they appeared throughout the years.
Table of Contents: The Books: The Master Key System • The New Psychology • Mental Chemistry • A Book About You • The Amazing Secrets of the Yogi • The Master Key System Around the World The Marketing Pieces: The Master Key • The Master Key Psychological Chart • The Garden of Eden and the Sex Problem (Social Science) • Is There a Master Key? • Astrological Playing Cards
The Books of Charles F. Haanel
The Master Key System (c. 1912 ?)
As was discussed in the history of The Master Key System, the book was never banned and has been in publication in one form or another over the years. It is interesting to note how it grew from a correspondence course (of sorts) into a book.
The New Psychology (1920)
Mental Chemistry (1922)
A Book About You (1927)
Haanel’s 1927 work A Book About You delved into many areas of interest: physics, astrology, religion. It appears that some editions were custom made for the person. This example has on the cover in addition to the title “For Carrie A. Hall.”
The Amazing Secrets of the Yogi (1937)
The Master Key System and Other Books by Haanel Around the World
The Master Key System and other works by Charles F. Haanel have been translated into different languages around the world. Here are a few examples of how the books look in different countries.
The New Psychology as published in Brazil by Centro de Estudos Vida & Consciencia Editora Ltda.
The Master Key System and The Master Key Workbook as published in China by Beijing Holy Bird Publishing.
The Master Key System and Master Key Arcana as published by RaBaKa Publishing.
The Master Key System and The Master Key Workbook as published by Kinitron Publications.
The Master Key System as published by VASAN Publications.
The Master Key System as published by Shanti Books.
The Master Key System and The Master Key Workbook as published by Adevar Divin.
The Master Key System as published by Sophia Publishing House.
The Marketing Pieces (Pamphlets) of Charles F. Haanel
The Master Key (1916)
This small book is what Haanel used to market his course The Master Key System. This is what one would receive if they responded to one of his advertisements. Inside are essays by Haanel, reviews, and “appreciations,” or as we know them today, “testimonials.”
The Master Key Psychological Chart (1916)
The Master Key Psychological Chart was another marketing piece that Haanel used. The essay within it, written most likely by Haanel, guided the reader into testing him- or herself as to how efficiently they were using their mental facilities. There are also a number of “appreciations” scattered throughout the pamphlet.
The back cover is of particular interest as it has a list of other brochures that a person can purchase for as little as ten cents a piece. At the bottom of the page, Haanel implores readers to “Send Master Key Literature to your Friends.”
Here is The Master Key Psychological Chart in its entirety — from front to back.
The Garden of Eden and the Sex Problem – Social Science (1925)
While we know that Haanel’s book Social Science was copyrighted, we do not have an example of it. So far, the only evidence that it was perhaps in existence is this advertising pamphlet that was produced. Entitled “The Garden of Eden and the Sex Problem,” it contains an essay by Haanel, a chapter listing of the book Social Science, testimonials, and an order form for the course.
It appears that Social Science was sold in installments. The order form on the last page states that the person would “at the rate of $4.00 per month for three months.” The installments would then be mailed one part per week over a period of twelve weeks. The person ordering could receive the entire course in one shipment and save 10% if $10.80 were paid in full.
Here is the entire “The Garden of Eden and the Sex Problem” for your reading pleasure.
Is There a Master Key? (1927 ?)
This little pamphlet, although written by Bernard Guilbert Guerney and not Haanel, includes some very interesting pages and images. Haanel appears to have written a small piece that appears at the front of the pamphlet that is about Mr. Guerney.
While some of the text is interesting, the pictures are what makes this little work fascinating. The pictures supposedly show the printing department, the correspondence department, and the general offices of The Master Key System.
Astrological Playing Cards (1933)
Here’s an oddity: Astrological playing cards by Charles F. Haanel, copyrighted in 1933.