George Borrow

Borrow, George Henry

George Henry Borrow, 1803–81, English writer and traveler. He led a nomadic life in England and on the Continent, where he was a translator and agent for the British and Foreign Bible Society. His friendship with the Romani (Gypsies), whose language he learned, resulted in The Zincali; or … the Gypsies of Spain (1841). Although his most famous book is The Bible in Spain (1843), his best is probably the autobiographical Lavengro (1851), with its sequel, Romany Rye (1857). All Borrow's works are based on his wanderings.

See Norwich edition of his works (16 vol., 1923–24); D. Willams, A World of His Own (1982); M. Collie and A. Fraser, George Borrow: A Bibliographic Study (1984).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

FREE! Life, Writings and Correspondence of George Borrow (1803-1881): Based on Official and Other Authentic Sources, by William I. Knapp
William I. Knapp.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, vol.2, 1899
George Borrow
Samuel Milton Elam.
A. A. Knopf, 1929
FREE! George Borrow and His Circle: Wherein May Be Found Many Hitherto Unpublished Letters of Borrow and His Friends
Clement King Shorter.
Houghton and Mifflin Company, 1913
FREE! The Bible in Spain, Or, the Journeys, Adventures, and Imprisonments of An Englishman: In An Attempt to Circulate the Scriptures in the Peninsula
George Borrow.
Ward, Lock, and Co., 1891 (4th edition)
FREE! Lavengro: The Scholar--The Gipsy--The Priest
George Borrow.
G. P. Putnam, 1851
Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery
George Borrow.
J.M. Dent & Co., 1920
FREE! The Romany Rye: A Sequel to "Lavengro"
George Borrow; John Murray.
J. Murray, vol.1, 1914
Cyclopedia of World Authors
Frank N. Magill; Dayton Kohler.
Harper & Row, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "George Henry Borrow" begins on pg. 13
Epoch and Artist: Selected Writings
David Jones; Harman H. Grisewood.
Faber and Faber, 1959
Librarian’s tip: "George Borrow and Wales" begins pg. 66
Gypsies Identities, 1500-2000: From Egyptians and Moonmen to Ethnic Romany
David Mayall.
Routledge, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "George Borrow (1803-1881) and the very essence of Gypsydom" begins on pg.156
FREE! A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of John Murray, with An Account of the Origin and Progress of the House, 1768-1843
Samuel Smiles; Thomas Mackay.
J. Murray, 1911
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XXXI "George Borrow--Richard Ford--Horace Twiss--John Sterling--Mr. Gladstone--Death of Southey, Etc."
FREE! The Zincali, An Account of the Gypsies of Spain
George Borrow.
J. Murray, 1907
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