Manly Palmer Hall (Self-Help Author)
Manly P. Hall

Manly Palmer Hall was a Canadian-born author, lecturer, astrologer and mystic. He is best known for his 1928 work The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Over his 70 year career, he gave thousands of lectures, including two at Carnegie Hall, and published over 150 volumes. In 1934, he founded The Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, which he dedicated to the “Truth Seekers of All Time”, with a research library, lecture hall and publishing house. Many of his lectures can be found online and his books are still in print.

Born: March 18, 1901, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Died: August 29, 1990, Los Angeles, California, US
Occupation: Philosopher, writer
Citizenship: United States
Period: 1919–1990
Subject: Philosophy
Notable works: The Secret Teachings of All Ages, The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry

About Manly Palmer Hall

Most famous for a late 1920s mystic text titled The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Hall is also known as the founder of a Los Angeles-based non-profit institute known as the Philosophical Research Society.

Before Fame

His earliest spiritually-themed books include The Initiates of the Flame and The Ways of the Lonely Ones (both published in the early 1920s).


Over the course of his seven-decade career as a writer, spiritual leader, and speaker, he gave thousands of lectures and wrote well over a hundred essays and full-length works.

Family Life

A native of Ontario, Canada, he later settled in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. His first marriage, to Fay deRavenne, lasted from 1930 until deRavenne’s suicide in 1941; his second marriage, to Marie Schweikert Bauer, lasted from 1950 until his death in 1990.


United States President Ronald Reagan reportedly referenced Hall’s 1944 work The Secret Destiny of America in some of his political speeches.

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