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© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

George Borrow: Selected full-text books and articles

George Borrow By Samuel Milton Elam A. A. Knopf, 1929
FREE! The Romany Rye: A Sequel to "Lavengro" By George Borrow; John Murray J. Murray, vol.1, 1914
Cyclopedia of World Authors By Frank N. Magill; Dayton Kohler Harper & Row, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "George Henry Borrow" begins on pg. 13
Epoch and Artist: Selected Writings By 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 By 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 By 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."
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