Although all three novels in this 'trilogy' are independent works that have been published individually, they share a common thematic concern with transcendentalism, not least in respect of modern art, and were originally written by the author in quick succession, thereby retaining a stylistic as well as thematic consistency which has always lent itself to the idea of a loose trilogy that, partly because of their mutual independence and partly because of their subject-matter, could be regarded as 'transcendent'. Hence the title, 'A Trilogy Transcendent', which, deferring to the structural informality of the texts, has the merit of presenting these three novels in a cyclically chronological light - something arguably necessary to John O'Loughlin's work as a whole, but especially necessary to a fuller understanding of his approach to transcendentalism as it stood in 1980, the year these novels were written.
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About the Author
John O'Loughlin is a London-based author who was born in the Republic of Ireland of an English mother of mixed Irish descent and grew up first in Hampshire and then in Surrey, in south-eastern England, where he attended a variety of state schools. Most of his adult life has been spent at different addresses in the London Borough of Haringey, north of the River Thames, to which he moved from Surrey in 1974, and all but a few of his books have been written there, the majority of which, like this one, are of an intensely philosophical not to say metaphysical and even ideological character.