Paul Brians

Paul Brians is the author of Common Errors In English Usage, now in its third edition, and the nature-photography book Four Seasons On Bainbridge Island, among other titles. (Said NPR host Scott Simon of Common Errors: “It’s the most cheerfully useful book I’ve read since the Kama Sutra.”)

Brians joined the Department of English at Washington State University in 1968. He taught literature, interdisciplinary humanities, and world-civilizations courses. He retired in 2008 and moved to Bainbridge Island.

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