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George Borrow (1803–1881)

Author of Lavengro

Includes the names: G. BORROW, G.H. Borrow, Borrow George, George H. Borrow, George Henry Borrow

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Borrow was employed by the (Protestant) Bible Society to distribute bibles in Catholic Spain in 1835. He encountered much opposition and was on one occasion imprisoned for three weeks. The famous account of his experience has little to do with the Bible and much to do with the people, land, and perils of his journey. Borrow is as racy in his descriptions of places as of people. Lavengro (1851) and its sequel, The Romany Rye (1857), are like novels in their interest and excitement. They are stories of gypsies, rich in gypsy lore, superstitions, and customs. Borrow spent many years in close association with Spanish gypsies and translated the Gospel of St. Luke into their language. His linguistic abilities were remarkable; he gives much space to word derivations, particularly in Lavengro. His books abound in pugnacious passages; his attacks on Sir Walter Scott (see Vol. 1), on prizefighters, and on "papists" are indicative of some of his sharp prejudices. He wrote marvelously, however, and those who admire him are devotees for life. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Lavengro 291 copies, 5 reviews
The Bible in Spain 226 copies, 4 reviews
The Romany Rye 168 copies, 1 review
Romano Lavo-Lil 24 copies
The Talisman 2 copies
Great English Short Stories (Contributor) 18 copies, 1 review
Famous Stories of Five Centuries (Contributor) 3 copies
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