The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus

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Penguin, Mar 13, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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In the tradition of The Professor and the Madman, a "brisk and vivid"( Los Angeles Times) account of an obsessive scholar.

Polymath, eccentric, and synonym aficionado, Peter Mark Roget had a host of female admirers, was one of the first to test the effects of laughing gas, invented the slide rule, and narrowly escaped jail in Napoleon's France. But Roget is best known for making lists.

After the tragic turmoil of his early life (both his mother and sister were institutionalized), Roget longed for order in his chaotic world. At the age of eight, he began his quest to put everything in its rightful place, one word at a time. This is the fascinating story of a driven man and a brilliant scholar-and the legacy he has left for generations.
 

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User 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

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User 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

Contents

Preface
PROLOGUE
PART ONE
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PART THREE
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EPILOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PERMISSIONS
INDEX

PART TWO
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Joshua Kendall is a language enthusiast and an award-winning freelance journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and Psychology Today. He lives in Boston.

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