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Bill Bryson (born December 8,1951) is a best-selling American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and on scientific subjects. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he was educated at Drake University but dropped out in August 1973 while on vacation in England. Bryson then began working in a mental asylum. Here he met his English wife, who was a nurse in the asylum, and they settled in England in 1977, remaining there through most of the 1980s. Living in North Yorkshire and mainly working as a journalist, he eventually became chief copy editor of the business section of The Times and then deputy national news editor of the business section of The Independent. He left journalism in 1987. Bryson returned to live in the United States in 1995, residing in Hanover, New Hampshire for some years. In 2003, however, Bryson and his family returned to England, where they now live once again.
In 2003, in conjunction with World Book Day , voters in England chose Bryson's book Notes From a Small Island as the book that best sums up England's identity and the state of the nation.
Bryson has also written two works on the history of the English language, The Mother Tongue and Made In America, and, more recently, a guide to usage, Bryson's Dictionary Of Troublesome Words. These books were popularly acclaimed and well-reviewed, though they received criticism from academics in the field, who claimed they contained factual errors, urban myths, and folk etymologies. Though Bryson has no formal linguistics qualifications, he is a popular and generally well-regarded writer on the subject of languages.
Books on travel
- The Palace Under the Alps and Over 200 Other Unusual, Unspoiled, and Infrequently Visited Spots in 16 European Countries (1985)
- The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America (1989)
- Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe (1993)
- Notes from a Small Island (1995) (travels in the United Kingdom, adapted for television by Carlton Television in 1998)
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (1997)
- I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away (US Edition) / Notes From a Big Country (UK Edition) (1998, columns about moving back to the USA)
- In a Sunburned Country (US edition) / Down Under (UK edition) (2000, travels in Australia)
- Bill Bryson's African Diary (2002, travels in Africa)
Books on language
- The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way (1989)
- Made in America: An Informal History Of The English Language In The United States (1994)
- Bryson's Dictionary Of Troublesome Words (2002)
Books on science
- Official Bill Bryson Web site
- Bill Bryson - A short history of nearly everything presentation at the Royal Society
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