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PORTRAITS –

Power and Glory vis-à-vis Form and Contentment

by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media

 

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Comprising thirty-three biographical sketches of some of the twentieth-century's most influential and powerful people in both politics and the arts, including Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, de Valera, Mussolini, de Gaulle, Ben-Gurian, André Malraux, Bertrand Russell, Salvador Dali, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Aldous Huxley, Portraits (1985) seeks to provoke as well as to praise, and should prove of interest to those who are curious to learn how various exceptional men - and one exceptional woman - measure up to a Social Transcendentalist analysis or, more correctly, to the scrutiny of someone who approaches life from a specific ideological standpoint with a view to measuring the achievements of others in relation to it.  Although I had dealt with some of the subjects, including Jean-Paul Sartre and Aldous Huxley, before (see Becoming and Being), my treatment of them here is much more subjectively critical and thus a reflection, in large measure, of the way my thinking had progressed during the intervening three years since the earlier excursion into biography, which, characteristic of a more relativistic approach to literature typifying me at that time, also embraced a series of autobiographical sketches.  No such relativity applies here, however, although the choice of both politicians and artists is anything but absolutist, as suggested by the subtitle. – John O’Loughlin.

 

CONTENTS

MALCOLM MUGGERIDGE

ARTHUR KOESTLER

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE

NORMAN MAILER

ADOLF HITLER

JOSEF STALIN

EAMON DE VALERA

BENITO MUSSOLINI

CHARLES DE GAULLE

ANDRE MALRAUX

ALBERT CAMUS

LAWRENCE DURRELL

ANTHONY BURGESS

JAMES JOYCE

EZRA POUND

T.S. ELIOT

OSWALD SPENGLER

BERTRAND RUSSELL

J.B. PRIESTLEY

KENNETH CLARK

HERBERT READ

SALVADOR DALI

FRANCISCO FRANCO

TEILHARD DE CHARDIN

V.I. LENIN

DAVID BEN-GURIAN

SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD

ALDOUS HUXLEY

THOMAS MANN

WILHELM REICH

CARL JUNG

W.B. YEATS

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

John O’Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of mixed 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 proper 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) a grade 4 piano exam, he eventually became responsible for booking examination venues. 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, handed in his notice at the ABRSM in 1976 and began to pursue a literary vocation which, despite a brief spell as a computer tutor at Hornsey Management Agency within the local 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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