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George Henry Borrow

Borrow, George Henry, 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 Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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