Nebraska Authors

Burke E. Casari

AKA: Burke Eugene Casari

Born 1935

Casari, of Lincoln, Nebraska, worked for many years as an administrator of environmental programs at the Nebraska State Health Department. While teaching for the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, in the early 1960s (circa 1962), Casari acquired a life-long interest in the biography and works of Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) the famed British explorer, writer, linguist and translator. Casari became an important Burton collector and researcher, known for identifying previously undocumented Burton letters, articles and references. The Burke E. Casari Papers, which document and preserve his collection, are held by the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. Casari sometimes collaborated with Dane Kennedy, who taught at the University of Nebraska during the years when Casari was most active in collecting and publishing.

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Sir Richard Francis Burton--Biography and Works; African Explorers and Exploration; FamousTravellers: Islamic Cultures


Dane Kennedy


Donald Young, The selected correspondence of Sir Richard Burton, 1848-1890. (Casari listed as co-author) 1979. MS at University of Nebraska.
Additions to Richard F. Burton's published works, 1848-1888. nd. (Date estimated 1990-1992)
Richard Francis Burton : a bibliography of contributions to select Indian newspapers. 2005.
Sir Richard Francis Burton: A Folio of Footnotes, Anecdotes, and Commentary. (privately published by Hammerlily Press, Lincoln, NE) 2015.

See also: Dane Kennedy and Burke E. Casari, "Burnt Offerings: Isabel Burton and 'The Scented Garden' manuscript" Journal of Victorian Culture, v2 n2 (Spring 1997): 229-244.

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