Becoming and Being: Autobiographical & Biographical Sketches

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Centretruths Digital Media, Feb 22, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 152 pages
This project is quite unusual in that it combines, in separate parts, autobiographical writings with biographical sketches of some of the writers who have influenced John O'Loughlin most, including Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Aldous Huxley, Arthur Koestler, Henry Miller, Hermann Hesse, and Lawrence Durrell. At the end, Mr O'Loughlin has appended a list of books borrowed from his local library during a twelve-year period coinciding, in part, with the composition of this text, so that one can compare his reading material - and what he thought of it - with the original material of this project as a guide to how becoming eventually turned, for him, into being.
 

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This project is quite unusual in that it combines, in separate parts, autobiographical writings with biographical sketches of some of the writers who have influenced John O'Loughlin most, including Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Aldous Huxley, Arthur Koestler, Henry Miller, Hermann Hesse, and Lawrence Durrell. At the end, Mr O'Loughlin has appended a list of books borrowed from his local library during a twelve-year period coinciding, in part, with the composition of this text, so that one can compare his reading material - and what he thought of it - with the original material of this project as a guide to how becoming eventually turned, for him, into being. 

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Contents

1
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
John Cowper Powys 12 D H Lawrence
Aldous Huxley
Hermann Hesse
Albert Camus
JeanPaul Sartre 17 Arthur Koestler
Lawrence Durrell
Henry Miller
George Orwell

What Kind of Writer?
How Do I View My Future?
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES
APPENDIX
Copyright

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 John O'Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway City, the Republic of Ireland in 1952 of mixed Irish- and British-born parents of Irish descent. Following a parental split while still a child, he was taken to England by his mother and maternal grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland after a lengthy absence with intent to stay) in the mid-50s and subsequently attended schools in Aldershot, Oakham, and, upon the death and repatriation of his Galway-born grandmother, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, where, despite an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant in consequence of having been put into care by his mother, he attended a state school. Upon leaving Carshalton High School for Boys in 1970 with an assortment of CSEs (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCEs (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he moved the comparatively short distance up to London and went on to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Bedford Square, where, after a lengthy period as a general clerk, he was promoted to clerical officer grade one with responsibility for booking examination venues throughout the UK. After a brief flirtation with further education at Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he had enrolled as a history student, he returned to his former job in the West End but retired from the ABRSM in 1976 due to a combination of factors, including ill-health, and proceeded to dedicate himself to a literary vocation which, despite a brief spell as a computer tutor at Hornsey YMCA in the late 1980s and early '90s, he has effectively continued with ever since. His novels include Changing Worlds (1976), Cross-Purposes (1979), Thwarted Ambitions (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), False Pretences (1981) and Deceptive Motives (1982). Since the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin has exclusively dedicated himself to philosophy, his true literary vocation, and has penned more than sixty titles of a philosophical nature, including Devil and God - The Omega Book (1985-6), Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988-9), Philosophical Truth (1991-2), Maximum Truth (1993), and, more recently, The Centre of Truth (2009), and Musings of a Superfluous Man (2011).     

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