Today marks the 76th anniversary of James Joyce's death. On January 14, 1941, the day after he died in Zurich, Switzerland, after undergoing surgery for a perforated ulcer, English newspaper 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, the anniversary of his death, we thought it wise to look back on the great words from The Guardian, now written over 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.

To remind you of the brilliance of his work here is an audio book recording of his short story "The Dead" which feature in "Dubliners" and has become a popular stage production to be performed at Christmas time, undertaken by New York's Irish Repertory Theater in exquisite style in December 2016. 

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* Originally published in January 2016. 

John Shevlin as James Joyce pictured beside a bust of the author in St Stephens Green, Dublin.