Lavengro - The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest by George Borrow, 1907Bound in a blue cloth hardback cover.Lavengro, originally published in 1851 is memoir/novel, which is considered a classic of 19th-century English literature. According to the author, lavengro is a Romany word meaning "word master". Historian G. M. Trevelyan called it "a book that breathes the spirit of that period of strong and eccentric characters".Its protagonist is born the son of a militia officer and is brought up in various barrack towns in Britain. After serving an apprenticeship to a lawyer he moves to London and becomes a hack, an occupation which gives him opportunities to observe London low-life. Finally he takes to the road as a tinker. At various points through the book he associates with Romany travellers, of whom he gives memorable and generally sympathetic pen-portraits.