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Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson (born 1951) is an author of humorous books on travel as well as no less humorous, though heavily-criticized books on the English language. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, He was educated at Drake University but dropped out in August 1973 while on holiday in England and 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. He has returned to the United States and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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 written two works on the history of the English language, Mother Tongue and Made In America. However, these books have been criticized for their abundance of factual errors, urban myths, and folk etymologies. While Bryson is passionate about languages, he holds no degree in linguistics.

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List of works

Books on travel

Books on language

Books on science

External links