June 28, 2017

Roget's word lists

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

Peter Mark Roget was always scribbling. He made lists of words: Latin words, the four elements, of the weather, in the garden. As he grew up and became a tutor, a doctor, a science lecturer, and inventor, his lists helped him organize his thoughts and speak concisely and clearly. He believed that everyone should be able to find the right word. With his thesaurus, first published in 1852, everyone was able to do just that.

Roget's original thesaurus - 1000 words organized by meaning - is reproduced on the back endpapers. Along with Bryant's pitch-perfect prose and Sweet's list-filled collages, The Right Word is the absolute right biography of a remarkable man.

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