The Man who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus
The extraordinary true story of Peter Mark Roget and his legendary Thesaurus.
Peter Mark Roget-polymath, eccentric, synonym aficionado-was a complicated man. He was an eminent scholar who absorbed himself in his work, yet he also possessed an allure that endeared him to his mentors and colleagues-not to mention a host of female admirers. But, most notably, Roget made lists.
From the age of eight, he kept these lists with the intention of ordering the chaotic world around him. After his father's death, his mother became, at once, overbearing and despondent. Soon, his sister would also descend into mental illness. Despite these tragedies, Roget lived a colorful life full of unexpected twists and discoveries-including narrowly avoiding jail in Napoleon's France, assisting famed physician Thomas Beddoes by personally testing the effects of laughing gas, and inventing the slide rule.
Evocative and entertaining, The Man Who Made Lists lets readers join Roget on his worldly adventures and emotional journeys. This rich narrative explores the power of words and the everlasting legacy of a rediscovered genius.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryCin - LibraryThing
During the 19th century, Peter Roget grew up without his father and with a mother who smothered him. Both his mother and later, his sister, had some mental issues later in life. Roget loved ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nancynova - LibraryThing
from the bookish book box; The life of Roget, of Thesaurus fame, but that was the least of the publications and writings that this man undertook. What he thought was his best work, Bridgewater Treatise, I never heard of Read full review
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