It is the birthday of Irish novelist James Joyce (1892), who is considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. One of his masterpieces, Finnegans Wake (1939), is considered to be one of the most difficult pieces in the English language. It is, however, a delight to hear him read a portion of it in this rare recording. Enjoy! Below: We couldn't resist this rare footage of James Joyce in Paris. The voice over is priceless. Happy birthday, James Joyce.