Sarah Messick-Milone's Reviews > The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus

The Man Who Made Lists by Joshua Kendall
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Dec 29, 2008

it was ok
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Read in December, 2008

The subtitle of this biography promises a lot of excitement, and the opening sequence seems to deliver. The book opens with a the harrowing tale of the death of Roget's uncle, told with an immediacy that the rest of the book unfortunately lacks. Perhaps it's because I find Roget to be a bit of a snob, perhaps it's because I find his lack of social skills annoying, or perhaps he just didn't have that interesting of a life-- in any case this book didn't really hold my interest or provide much enjoyment. I'd recommend_The Professor and the Madman_, a book about the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester instead.
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