James Joyce

January 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of James Joyce's death. On January 14, 1941, the Guardian published a fitting obituary to one of Ireland's greatest writers, showcasing the impact he had on the world of literature. 

On this, Bloomsday, we thought it wise to look back on the great words from The Guardian, now written three-quarters of a century ago, and remember how true they still are:

"With the death of James Joyce there passes the strangest and most original figure which Ireland gave to Europe in this generation", the article reads.

"The ban imposed for years upon his 'Ulysses' gave a notoriety to his name without disclosing his true stature and strength.

He annihilated the ordinary and the normal, and revealed a jungle world of the mental and emotional reactions which may come over men in a single day

"That he was a genuine artist, sincere, integrated, and profound is clear from the simplicity of his early short stories 'Dubliners' and from the well-defined autobiographical narrative of 'Portrait of the Artist' .... "

Read the full obituary on the Guardian's website.

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* Originally published in January 2016.