It was either written by a man who came to be known as Thomas à Kempis, or Kempis compiled and edited the writings of some late 14th-Century Dutch priests. The version posted here is one of many different English translations (from the "original" Latin -- Dutch was probably its original language) over the centuries.

This is a public-domain etext, available in HTML, PDF, RTF, plain text, Windows Help, and Hypercard formats, digitized by Harry Plantinga ( -- at least at the time), 1994, and available at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library, whose URL is

(This will get posted over the next few weeks, with hard links added here and there, from time to time; there will be a lot of dead links for the time being.)

Book One
Book Two
Book Three
Book Four

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