James Joyce is one of the most influential writers in history. His novel "Ulysses" was banned for obscenity, and his book "Finnegans Wake" has been called unreadable by many critics. But he's also considered a genius by literary scholars who study him at universities around the world. Why? Because Joyce was an innovator -- he changed how we read literature forever with his stream-of-consciousness style that made readers feel like they were inside a character's mind rather than simply reading about it from an outside perspective.
He also wrote in multiple languages (English, French and Italian) to show how language can change meaning depending on where you're from or what your background is.
And finally, he created new words out of old ones to create unique phrases that have become part of our everyday vocabulary -- think "screaming eejit," which means someone who doesn't know anything but screams loudly anyway; or even just saying something like "'Twas brillig..." instead of using the word 'foggy' because it sounds more poetic.
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One computer program actually came up with its own version after analysing all possible combinations within each sentence until it found one combination that matched what Joyce had written down originally! So if you've ever wondered whether computers will take over writing novels someday soon... well maybe not yet... but don't rule out their ability entirely either..!
So while James Joyce may never win any awards based on popularity alone (he didn't write easy reads), his work will continue influencing generations upon generations into the future thanks largely due both directly and indirectly through other authors whose works have been influenced by him as well.
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