December 8, 2011
William "Bill" Bryson is an American author of best-selling books. He was born on December 8, 1951 in the USA, but he has been a resident of Britain for more than 20 years. Bryson's books on travel, science or the English language are charaterized by outstanding humor, and he also wrote a biography of William Shakespeare. He wrote two books on the history of English language and has a special guide to English usage as well (Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words) where "he catalogues some of the most commonly misused words and phrases in order to demonstrate current usage".