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By George Smith, with an introduction by Sharon Floate
(A5, 40 pages)

George Smith belongs to one of the more famous families in English Gypsydom. For it was his close relatives who gave the author George Borrow the inspiration and the characters for his two semi-autobiographical novels about Gypsy life - Lavengro (1851) and The Romany Rye (1857). In 1886, George Smith and his family became an exhibit at the International Exhibition of Navigation, Travelling, Commerce and Manufactures in Liverpool, an event which led to the publication of this pamphlet. Although ostensibly an autobiography, it was probably ghost-written for George from biographical information and press reports that he provided. This reprint comes with an introduction by Sharon Floate, and the addition of genealogical and census information to enhance the original text.

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