In a survey I conducted, a reader wrote:
What, if any, is the difference between 'The Science of Being Great' by Wallace D. Wattles and 'How to Be a Genius' by Wallace D. Wattles? Are they one in the same, the only difference being the titles, or two completely different books?
The Science of Being Great by Wallace D. Wattles, who's best known for his classic masterpiece The Science of Getting Rich, was first published in 1911 by The Elizabeth Towne Company of Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA.
It was republished in 1916 by The Elizabeth Towne Company under the title, How to Be a Genius, or, The Science of Getting Rich.
The texts of The Science of Being Great and How to Be a Genius are essentially the same.
The main differences between the two books are these:
- The title.
- The Preface. References to Mr. Wattles' two preceding books in his The Science of... series, The Science of Getting Rich and The Science of Being Well, his Mind: What Is It? articles, and other recommended writings were, for whatever reason, omitted from How to Be a Genius.
- The text. A few passages of The Science of Being Great were, again, for whatever reason, removed from the text of the book when it was republished as How to Be a Genius (I forget now exactly what they were, as it's been a long time since I compared the texts of the two books, but I do remember, to me anyway, they seemed rather important).
- A two-page section was added at the end of How to Be a Genius titled, "Biographical Note" (a slightly modified version of which I use at the end of the Wallace D. Wattles and Wallace D. Wattles related books that I publish).
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