Borrow, George, 1803-1881

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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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referencedIn Masefield, John, 1878-1967. Letters : Abingdon, to Seymour Adelman, 1955-1960. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Partington, Frederick E., d. 1924,. Autograph letter signed from Frederick E. Partington, Norwich, to William Winter, New Brighton, New York [manuscript], 1913 July 6. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. George Henry Borrow papers, ca. 1826-ca. 1863. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Albert Stephens Borgman autograph collection, 1600-1950. Houghton Library.
referencedIn J.M. Dent & Sons. J.M. Dent & Sons records, 1834-1986 (author files Bi-By). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. Introduction to "The Romany rye" / George Borrow. Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Taylor, W. (William), 1765-1836. Letter to John Bowring. Norwich, Eng. 1824 Mar. 31. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. The Zincali ; or, An account of the gypsies of Spain : [fragments] / by George Borrow.
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. Letter : to S. Wilkin, [1826?]. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937. Autograph letter signed : London, to Edmund Gosse, 1913 Dec. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Thompson, Thomas William. Romany tales collected by T.W. Thompson. University of Leeds, Brotherton Library, Leeds University Library
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. Literary manuscripts of George Borrow, with related material. University of Leeds, Brotherton Library, Leeds University Library
creatorOf George Borrow collection, 1833-1862 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, c1840-1870 Senate House Library, University of London
referencedIn Literary Manuscripts collection, 1666-1990 Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
creatorOf Literary manuscripts of George Borrow, with related material, ca. 1840-1913 GB 206 Leeds University Library
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. George Borrow notes on The Romany rye, circa 1857. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937. Autograph letter signed : London, to Edmund Gosse, [ca. 1913]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. The Bible in Spain : [fragments] / by George Borrow.
creatorOf George Borrow poem, undated New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Fales Manuscript Collection, ca. 1700-2000 Fales Library & Special Collections
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. The frog and the hero : autograph manuscript : [n.p., n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. Dear Friend, thou may'st confide ... : [n.p.]: autograph manuscript unsigned of the poem, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881,. Verse translations : AMs, [between 1820 and 1835]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. George Borrow letters. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. Wild Wales : [1st page of the prose work] / by George Borrow.
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. The Romany rye : [fragments, with a signed statement] / by George Borrow.
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. George Borrow letter to My dear sir, ca. 1825. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. ALS : Norwich, to John Bowring, 1831 Sept. 11. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. George Borrow collection, 1833-1862. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937. Autograph letter signed : London, to Edmund Gosse, 1913 Oct. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. Legend : autograph manuscript : [n.p., n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn George Borrow-- British reviews. The Claremont Colleges, Claremont University Consortium
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. Notes on the Gypsy language, n.d. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. George Borrow collection, 1833-1862. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Fales Manuscript Collection, ca. 1700-2000 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937. Autograph letter signed : London, to Edmund Gosse, 1914 Jan. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Clement King Shorter collection of papers, 1853-1926, 1889-1926 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. Wild Wales : its people, language and scenery : [fragment & cancelled chapter] / by George Borrow.
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. Manuscript, ca. 1856. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Shorter, Clement King, 1857-1926. Clement King Shorter collection of papers, 1853-1926 bulk (1889-1926). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937. Autograph letter signed : London, to Edmund Gosse, 1913 Aug. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881. The Bible in Spain : [fragments, including all of Chapter 14] / by George Borrow.
referencedIn English literature mss., ca. 1750-ca. 1979 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937. Letter, 1931 January 26 : Hampstead to Brick Row Bookshop. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Papers of Robert Graves: Critical prose and journalism, 1927 to 2003 St John's College, Oxford
referencedIn Groome, Francis Hindes, 1851-1902. Papers, 1877-1899. Boston Athenaeum
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associatedWith Borgman, Albert Stephens, 1890-1954 person
associatedWith Bornemann, Wilhelm, 1766-1851. person
associatedWith Bowring, John, 1792-1872, person
associatedWith Dafydd ap Gwilym, 14th cent. person
associatedWith Fales, DeCoursey, 1888-1966 person
associatedWith Filicaia, Vincenzo da, 1642-1707. person
associatedWith Free Library of Philadelphia. corporateBody
associatedWith Frimann, Claus, 1746-1829. person
associatedWith Graves, Robert Ranke, 1895-1985 person
associatedWith Groome, Francis Hindes, 1851-1902. person
associatedWith Gurney, Hudson, 1775-1864. person
associatedWith J.M. Dent & Sons. corporateBody
associatedWith MacIntyre, Duncan Ban, 1724-1812. person
associatedWith Masefield, John, 1878-1967. person
associatedWith Mickiewicz, Adam, 1798-1855. person
associatedWith Morris, Huw. person
associatedWith Murray, John. person
associatedWith Murray, John. person
associatedWith Owen, Goronwy, 1723-1769? person
associatedWith Partington, Frederick E., d. 1924, person
associatedWith Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915- person
associatedWith Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London, corporateBody
associatedWith Shorter, Clement King, 1857-1926. person
associatedWith Taylor, W. (William), 1765-1836. person
associatedWith Thompson, Thomas William. person
associatedWith Tullin, Chr. B. (Chr. Braunmann), 1728-1765. person
associatedWith Wilkin, Simon, 1790-1862. person
associatedWith Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Belgium
Spain
Subject
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
Occupation
Soldiers
Translator
Function

Person

Birth 1803-07-05

Death 1881-07-26

Britons

English

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