Bill Bryson

(b. 1951)

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(1951– ),

travel writer and journalist, born in Des Moines, Iowa, now settled in England. He has written on many subjects including the history of language in The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way (1990), Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States (1994), and Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words (2002); on science in A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003); and on his own life in The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (2006), but is most famous for his travel writing. Acutely observant, witty, and warm‐hearted, he has visited small‐town America (The Lost Continent, 1989), returned as an outsider after many years abroad (Notes from a Big Country, 1998), and cast his eye over Australia (Down Under, 2000), Europe (Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe, 1991), Africa (Bill Bryson's African Diary, 2002), and Britain (Notes From a Small Island, 1995).

Subjects: Literature.

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