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Bryson, Bill

Overview
Works: 396 works in 2,170 publications in 9 languages and 81,001 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Popular works  Dictionaries  Anecdotes  Juvenile works  Humor  Guidebooks  Sources  Pictorial works 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Creator, Narrator, Contributor, Other, Speaker, Actor
Classifications: Q162, 500
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Bill Bryson
A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson ( Book )
82 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 6,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this book Bill Bryson explores the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer and attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world's most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover what we know but to find out how we know it. How do we know what is in the center of the earth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge
The mother tongue : English & how it got that way by Bill Bryson ( Book )
87 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 4,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers a journey through the intricacies, puzzles, and quirks of the English language, tracing the history of English from its earliest origins to the present day
At home : a short history of private life by Bill Bryson ( Book )
52 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 4,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life
One summer : America, 1927 by Bill Bryson ( Book )
18 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 3,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bryson examines closely the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy
Shakespeare : the world as stage by Bill Bryson ( Book )
32 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of supposition arranged around scant facts. With his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, and, emulating the style of his travelogues, records episodes in his own research. He celebrates Shakespeare as a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness, a coiner of phrases ("vanish into thin air," "foregone conclusion," "one fell swoop") that even today have common currency. His Shakespeare is like no one else's--the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and an unrivaled gift for storytelling.--From publisher description
Made in America : an informal history of the English language in the United States by Bill Bryson ( Book )
59 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A linguistic history, told through anecdote and humor, of American speech and English word usage in the United States
A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson ( Recording )
48 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 2,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bill Bryson shares with readers his quest to try and gain a greater understanding of science's most mindboggling questions and theories, including the Big Bang theory. His sometimes humorous account of his travels creates one entertaining scientific tale
At home [a short history of private life] by Bill Bryson ( Recording )
17 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bryson, author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life
Bryson's dictionary of troublesome words by Bill Bryson ( Book )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 1,541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A revised and updated edition of a humorous primer to the English language, expanded for an American audience, contains entries on correct and questionable usage, a glossary, and a pronunciation guide
Bryson's dictionary for writers and editors by Bill Bryson ( Book )
18 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
" ... A personal collection, built up over thirty years as a writer and editor in two countries" and "intended as a quick, concise guide to the problems of English spelling and usage." First published in the 1980s, Bryson's compilation has been updated and re-released, and includes definitions, guides to punctuation and grammar, and helpful conversion tables (Celsius to Fahrenheit; kilometers to miles). In short, it's equal parts The Elements of Style, Associated Press Stylebook, Webster's New World Dictionary, and general desktop encyclopedia.--From publisher description
Seeing further : the story of science, discovery, and the genius of the Royal Society ( Book )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As editor of "Seeing Further," Bryson has rounded up an extraordinary roster of scientists who write and writers who know science in order to celebrate 350 years of the Royal Society, Britain's scientific national academy. The contributors include Margaret Atwood, Steve Jones, Richard Dawkins, James Gleick, Richard Holmes, and Neal Stephenson, among many others, on subjects ranging from metaphysics to nuclear physics, from the threatened endtimes of flu and climate change to our evolving ideas about the nature of time itself, from the hidden mathematics that rule the universe to the cosmological principle that guides "Star Trek."
A really short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson ( Book )
16 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Short, illustrated segments explore the history of science. Examines the "how" and the the "who" of scientific discovery. Explores the mysteries of time and space, and how, against all odds, life came to be on the wonderous planet we call home
One summer : America, 1927 by Bill Bryson ( Recording )
12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country; a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge)
Shakespeare the world as stage by Bill Bryson ( Recording )
17 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Scant facts about the Bard's personal life make for fertile ground in imagining the Shakespeare of Elizabethan England. Bill Bryson manages to weave together a witty, albeit brief, narrative that explores topics from the accuracy of the few extant pictures to whether Shakespeare actually wrote all that has been attributed to him
The Facts on File dictionary of troublesome words by Bill Bryson ( Book )
3 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A guide to the proper meaning and usage of troublesome words in the English language
The Penguin dictionary of troublesome words by Bill Bryson ( Book )
42 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and German and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Should you ever split an infinitive? What's the difference between aiding and abetting? The English language is a minefield of difficulty. In this new edition of his book, Bill Bryson discusses the problems and offers advice on usage
World's best travel experiences : 400 extraordinary places ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Features some of the world's most transformative locales, from Norway's western fjords and Cambodia's Angkor Wat to Kyoto's Moss Garden and the urban surprises of Denver, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver
Notes from a big country by Bill Bryson ( Book )
36 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Columns originally published in the Mail on Sunday's Night and day magazine
The best American travel writing 2000 ( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The extraordinary popularity of books and magazines dedicated to travel comes as no surprise, given that more and more Americans are traveling each year for business, pleasure, and especially adventure. Our fascination with travel has never been so well represented as in this new addition to the Best American series: a wide-ranging compendium of the best travel writing published in 1999, culled from more than three hundred magazines, newspapers, and Web sites
Troublesome words by Bill Bryson ( Book )
18 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A clear, concise and entertaining guide to the problems of English usage and spelling that has been an indispensable companion to those who work with the written word. So if you want to discover whether you should care about split infinitives or are cursed with an uncontrollable outbreak of commas, this is the place to find out
 
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Alternative Names
Bill Bryson
Braisons, Bils 1951-
Bryson, Bill
Bryson, Bill 1951-
Bryson, William
Bryson, William 1951-
Bryson, William McGuire 1951-
MacGuire Bryson, William 1951-
McGuire Bryson, William 1951-
ברייסון, ביל. גינצבורג־הירש, עדי
ブライソン, ビル
Languages
English (1,280)
German (2)
French (2)
Chinese (1)
Danish (1)
Italian (1)
Serbian (1)
Multiple languages (1)
Korean (1)
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