Welcome to the AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES of

 

Welcome to the AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES of

BECOMING AND BEING

by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media

 

Links to the files of which follow the brief video and text introductions below:-

 

 

Divided into two parts, the first of which is autobiographical and the second biographical, this project strives to outline my development as a writer and the influences, both fictional and philosophical, which shaped me over the years leading up to 1982.  The first part, containing subjects ranging from sex and politics to health and writers, is slightly Nietzschean in its speculative approach to autobiography, whilst the second and more voluminous part, which deals with the estimable likes of John Cowper Powys, D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Hermann Hesse, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Arthur Koestler, Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller, and George Orwell, is intended to provide a biographical summary and fairly blunt appraisal of authors whose works were to inspire me during my formative years as a writer.  It is as though they were the beings whom I was eventually destined to become or, rather, that I became being - and hence an original writer in my own right - via them.  Finally there is an appendix comprised of an introduction to and lists of reading material borrowed from my local library over a twelve-year period from 1977-89, which should intrigue those interested to discover how a self-taught and even self-made writer can fare with regard to the acquirement of a literary culture that owes little or nothing to school or college, and somewhat transcends the restricted parameters of one’s high-school qualifications. - John O'Loughlin.

 

CONTENTS

 

PART ONE: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

 

SEX

 

BECOMING A WRITER

 

BECOMING AN IRISHMAN

 

DO I TAKE MY POLITICS SERIOUSLY

 

HOW I RELATE TO MY MOTHER

 

AM I THE NEW MESSIAH

 

LITERARY INFLUENCES

 

MUSICAL TASTES

 

WHAT KIND OF WRITER

 

HOW DO I VIEW MY FUTURE

 

PART TWO: BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

 

JOHN COWPER POWYS

 

D.H. LAWRENCE

 

ALDOUS HUXLEY

 

HERMANN HESSE

 

ALBERT CAMUS

 

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE

 

ARTHUR KOESTLER

 

LAWRENCE DURRELL

 

HENRY MILLER

 

GEORGE ORWELL

 

APPENDIX

 

INTRODUCTION

 

FIRST LIST

 

SECOND LIST

 

All files Copyright © 1982-2011 John O’Loughlin

 

 

 

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Becoming and Being

 

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TEXT LINKS

 

BECOMING AND BEING (PDF-derived paperback version)
John O'Loughlin's Wordpress Space
John O'Loughlin's Books & Blogs on Blogsite.co.uk
The Centretruths eBook Catalogue
Guestbook

 

Email: john-oloughlin@centretruths.co.uk

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

John O’Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of Irish- and British-born parents in 1952. Following a parental split partly due to his mother's Aldershot origins (her father, a Presbyterian from Donegal, had served in the British Army), he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who upon the death of her husband had initially returned to Ireland after a lengthy marital absence from Athenry) in the mid-50s and, having had the benefit of private tuition from a Catholic priest, subsequently attended St. Joseph's and St. George's RC schools in Aldershot, Hants, and, with an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant in consequence of having been sent to a children's home by his mother upon the death and repatriation of his grandmother, he went on to attend first Barrow Hedges Primary School in Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, and then Carshalton High School for Boys. Upon leaving the latter in 1970 with an assortment of CSE’s (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCE’s (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he moved to London and went on, via two short-lived jobs, to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Bedford Square, where, with some prior experience himself of having sat and passed (with merit) an ABRSM Gd.4 piano exam, he eventually became responsible for booking examination venues throughout Britain and Ireland. After a brief flirtation with Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he had enrolled to do English and History A Levels, he returned to his former job in the West End but, due to a combination of personal factors, quit the Associated Board in 1976 and began to pursue a literary vocation which, despite a brief spell as a computer and office-skills tutor at Hornsey Management Agency (within the YMCA) in the late '80s and early '90s, he has steadfastly continued with ever since. His novels include Changing Worlds (1976), An Interview Reviewed (1979), Secret Exchanges (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), and Deceptive Motives (1981). Since the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin has dedicated himself almost exclusively to philosophy, which he regards as his true literary vocation, and has penned more than seventy titles of a philosophical nature, including Devil and God (1985-6), Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988-9), Philosophical Truth (1991-2) and, more recently, The Best of All Possible Worlds (2008), The Centre of Truth (2009), Insane but not Mad (2011) and Philosophic Flights of Poetic Fancy (2012).

 

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