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The Man Who Made Lists por Joshua Kendall
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The Man Who Made Lists (original 2008; edição 2008)

por Joshua Kendall (Autor)

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Peter Mark Roget--polymath, eccentric, synonym aficionado--was a complicated man. He was a scholar obsessed with his work, yet he had an allure that endeared him to his contemporaries--not to mention a host of female admirers. But most notably, he made lists. Roget longed for order in his chaotic world. His father's premature death and the mental illness of his mother and sister threatened to plunge him into his own madness. And so, at the age of eight, he started making lists. From the heavenly bodies to animals, vegetables, and minerals, young Roget began his quest to put everything in its place, one word at a time. Roget lived a colorful life, full of unexpected twists and discoveries: he narrowly avoided jail in Napoleon's France, invented the slide rule, and of course, brought life to the book that would become synonymous with synonyms.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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Título:The Man Who Made Lists
Autores:Joshua Kendall (Autor)
Informação:Putnam Adult (2008), Edition: 1st, 304 pages
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I was completely enthralled by the story of Peter Mark Roget! Fascinated every minute of this fantastic biography. ( )
  lissabeth21 | Oct 3, 2017 |
Biography of Peter Roget ( )
  ShadowBarbara | Jan 27, 2017 |
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 classifying things and making lists. He was extremely smart and grew up to become a physician; his preference was to lecture and experiment. Throughout his life, he kept word lists, but it was only when he retired that he focused his time on writing and publishing his now world-famous thesaurus.

It was ok. I don't think I found it quite as interesting as the recent book I read on the history of the Oxford English Dictionary. Much of it was interesting, but there were also parts where my mind would wander. Overall, ok. ( )
1 vote LibraryCin | Jul 18, 2016 |
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 ( )
  nancynova | Jul 16, 2016 |
Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869) was a strange and amazing fellow. His father died when he was young, leaving him under the care of his intensely neurotic and invasive mother. Believing nothing sacrosanct, she would use his private journal for her own thoughts and missives, so the young Roget would never write anything personal in them. He would simply write lists of words that went together. These lists would become the basis for the famous Roget’s Thesaurus.

But all around him was sadness. First, his father died early, and then his uncle and mentor Samuel Romilly committed suicide in his presence. His wife died young, leaving him with just two children (a bit low for the times) And his mother was (for lack of a better word) a complete headcase. While troubling, all these events served to shape Roget and his work. And for that, we should not wish it be any other way. Kendall’s book is both amusing and informing. Because Roget and his contemporaries kept such good journals, we are allowed an almost day-by-day account of his life and work. All in all, an exceptionally well-researched book.

http://lifelongdewey.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/413-the-man-who-made-lists-by-josh... ( )
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Since first rolling off the presses of London's Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans in June 1852, Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases has emerged as one of the most recognizable books in the English language.
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It was Monday morning, November 2, 1818, and a dense yellow fog was hanging over London.
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Peter Mark Roget--polymath, eccentric, synonym aficionado--was a complicated man. He was a scholar obsessed with his work, yet he had an allure that endeared him to his contemporaries--not to mention a host of female admirers. But most notably, he made lists. Roget longed for order in his chaotic world. His father's premature death and the mental illness of his mother and sister threatened to plunge him into his own madness. And so, at the age of eight, he started making lists. From the heavenly bodies to animals, vegetables, and minerals, young Roget began his quest to put everything in its place, one word at a time. Roget lived a colorful life, full of unexpected twists and discoveries: he narrowly avoided jail in Napoleon's France, invented the slide rule, and of course, brought life to the book that would become synonymous with synonyms.--From publisher description.

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