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Bryson, Bill

Overview
Works: 464 works in 3,002 publications in 14 languages and 91,081 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Biography  Dictionaries  Anecdotes  Humor  Drama  Film adaptations  Comedy films  Biographical films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Author of introduction, Creator, Other, Actor, Speaker
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 )

177 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 6,750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the world's most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world₂s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining
At home : a short history of private life by Bill Bryson( Book )

62 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 3,781 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
The mother tongue : English & how it got that way by Bill Bryson( Book )

50 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and held by 3,272 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
One summer : America, 1927 by Bill Bryson( Book )

30 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 3,168 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 )

46 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 2,682 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 )

78 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,523 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 )

57 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 2,049 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
Bryson's dictionary of troublesome words by Bill Bryson( Book )

41 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,876 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
At home : [a short history of private life] by Bill Bryson( Recording )

34 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,810 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
A really short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson( Book )

31 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,453 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 )

24 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 1,334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Meanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history. In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin. The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. The first true "talking picture," Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression. All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927
Bryson's dictionary for writers and editors by Bill Bryson( Book )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 1,234 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 )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,092 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."
Mother tongue : the English language by Bill Bryson( Book )

49 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Packed with fascinating facts on the English language, Mother Tongue is an entertaining and didactic investigation of the influence and distribution of the language worldwide and its origins as a second-rate tongue spoken by peasants
Shakespeare : the world as stage by Bill Bryson( Recording )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 799 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 Penguin dictionary of troublesome words by Bill Bryson( Book )

58 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 694 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
The Facts on File dictionary of troublesome words by Bill Bryson( Book )

3 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to the proper meaning and usage of troublesome words in the English language
World's best travel experiences : 400 extraordinary places by National Geographic Society (U.S.)( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 658 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
Shakespeare : the illustrated and updated edition by Bill Bryson( Book )

35 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the Bard is presented in the style of a travelogue based on interviews with actors, the curator of Shakespeare's birthplace, and academics, with the author's recollections of his own adventures in Stratford-upon-Avon
Seeing further : the story of science & the Royal Society by Bill Bryson( Book )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fellows of the Royal Society have created whole new branches of science, split the atom, discovered hydrogen, the double helix and the elecron. They have invented the World Wide Web, developed profound theories on evolution, gravity and motion, and furthered our understanding of everything from stock market analysis and astrophysics to electricity and biodiversity. They have tested the limits of knowledge itself
 
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A short history of nearly everything
Alternative Names
Beu La I Seun, Bil 1951-

Bier Bulaisen 1951-

Bil Brajson

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson Amerikaans journalist

Bill Bryson amerikansk forfatter

Bill Bryson giornalista e scrittore statunitense

Bill Bryson US-amerikanischer Journalist und Schriftsteller

Braisons, Bils 1951-

Brajson, Bill 1951-

Brison, Bil 1951-

Bryson B. 1951-

Bryson, Bill

Bryson, Bill 1951-

Bryson, W. М 1951-

Bryson, William

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Bryson, William McGuire

Bryson, William McGuire 1951-

Bulaisen, Bier 1951-

Gulielmus Bryson

MacGuire Bryson, William 1951-

McGuire Bryson, William 1951-

Pŭrayisŭn, Pil 1951-

Бил Брайсън

Бил Брајсон

Билл Брайсон

Брайсон, Б 1951-

Брайсон, У. М 1951-

ביל ברייסון

ברייסון, ביל. גינצבורג־הירש, עדי

بل برياسون

بل برياسون مؤلف أمريكي

بيل برايسون، 1951-

بیل بروسون

ബിൽ ബ്രൈസൺ

브라이슨, 빌 1951-

빌 브라이슨

ビル・ブライソン

ブライソン, ビル

比爾·布萊森

比尔 布莱森 1951-

比爾·布萊森 美国作家

Languages
English (1,666)

Spanish (52)

Chinese (26)

Polish (18)

French (15)

German (10)

Italian (10)

Korean (10)

Russian (8)

Dutch (6)

Turkish (5)

Hebrew (2)

Serbian (1)

Danish (1)

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At home : a short history of private lifeThe mother tongue : English & how it got that wayShakespeare : the world as stageMade in America : an informal history of the English language in the United StatesA short history of nearly everythingBryson's dictionary of troublesome wordsAt home : [a short history of private life]A really short history of nearly everything