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

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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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Kendall offers the extraordinary true story of Peter Mark Roget--the man who created the legendary "Roget's Thesaurus." Evocative and entertaining, this work lets readers join Roget on his worldly adventures and emotional journeys as he explored the power of words.

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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.

About the Author

Joshua Kendall is a language enthusiast and an award-winning freelance journalist who current writes for such publications as Business Week and The Boston Globe.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425225899
Author:
Kendall, Joshua
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.22x5.48x.72 in. .61 lbs.
Age Level:
18-17

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"Synopsis" by , Kendall offers the extraordinary true story of Peter Mark Roget--the man who created the legendary "Roget's Thesaurus." Evocative and entertaining, this work lets readers join Roget on his worldly adventures and emotional journeys as he explored the power of words.
"Synopsis" by ,
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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