Today marks the 75th anniversary of James Joyce's death. On 14th January 1941 the Guardian published a fitting obituary:

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"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.

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"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"...

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."

Read the full obituary on the Guardian's website.