Borrow, George, 1803-1881

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1803-07-05
Death 1881-07-26
Britons
English

Biographical notes:

George Borrow, British author and translator.

From the description of George Borrow collection, 1833-1862. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702146082

From the description of George Borrow collection, 1833-1862. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79259293

British author.

From the description of Manuscript, ca. 1856. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 31526808

George Henry Borrow was a Victorian author, linguist, and translator. He made an early sensation with The Bible in Spain, an auto-biographical travel book. His character in his works is competent, eccentric, and endlessly adaptable; he was talented and attractive, but also a chaste and devout Protestant. He was unable to repeat his early success, and spent his later years translating literature from a variety of languages into English.

From the description of George Borrow letter to My dear sir, ca. 1825. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 53003684

George Henry Borrow was an influential Victorian author, linguist, traveller, and translator. He made an early sensation with The Bible in Spain, an auto-biographical travel book. His character in his works is competent, eccentric, and endlessly adaptable; he was talented and attractive, but also a chaste and devout Protestant. He was unable to repeat his early success, and spent his later years translating literature from a variety of languages into English.

From the description of George Borrow notes on The Romany rye, circa 1857. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70669985

British author and translator.

From the description of Verse translations : AMs, [between 1820 and 1835]. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122633690

English author.

From the description of Dear Friend, thou may'st confide ... : [n.p.]: autograph manuscript unsigned of the poem, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270536344

George Henry Borrow (1803-1881) was an author and traveller. For details of his life and work see the Dictionary of National Biography

From the guide to the Literary manuscripts of George Borrow, with related material, ca. 1840-1913, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

Scottish author.

From the description of ALS : Norwich, to John Bowring, 1831 Sept. 11. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122633844

English philologist, traveler, and novelist.

From the guide to the George Borrow poem, undated, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Author, Linguist, Traveler

Borrow possessed a gift for languages plus an interest in the vagabond life in general, and gypsy language and culture in particular. His best known work, THE BIBLE IN SPAIN, appeared in 1843.

From the description of George Henry Borrow papers, ca. 1826-ca. 1863. (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 12984486

George Borrow was born at East Dereham, Norfolk in 1803. He was educated at the High School in Edinburgh, where the family settled for a period of time. At the age of seventeen Borrow was articled to a solicitor at Norwich. Borrow also studied philology and began to consider literature as a profession.

In 1825 Borrow published Faustus translated from the German of F M von Klinger. Borrow went on to undertake a tour of England and Europe and, whilst in St Petersburg, Borrow published Targum or Metrical Translations from Thirty Languages and Dialects . Borrow also acted as an agent for the British and Foreign Bible Society while he travelled through Europe and he became one of the first correspondents to write letters for the Morning Herald .

With the proceeds from the sale of his works, Borrow purchased an estate on Oulton Broad, Norfolk. At Oulton, Borrow befriended gypsies and permitted them to live on his estate. While living at Oulton, Borrow wrote, Lavengro (1850), The Romany Rye (1857), Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery (1862), Romano Lavo Lil: Word Book of the Romany , (1872) and other works. Borrow won acclaim for his publication of two works in particular, Gypsies in Spain (1841) and an account of his travel in Spain The Bible in Spain (1843). George Borrow died at Oulton in August 1881.

From the guide to the Borrow, George Henry, c1840-1870, (Senate House Library, University of London)

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Subjects:

  • Autobiographies
  • Authors, English--Correspondence
  • Literature
  • Prose
  • Welsh poetry Translations into English
  • Word notes
  • European literature--19th century
  • Description & travel
  • Letters
  • Romanies--Language
  • Authors, English--19th century
  • English literature--19th century
  • Poetry--Translation into English

Occupations:

  • Soldiers
  • Translator

Places:

  • Belgium (as recorded)
  • Spain (as recorded)