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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

January 18th, 2002

Swiss-English thesaurist Peter Mark Roget (Roget’s Thesaurus, 1852) is born in London in 1779.

rogetPeter Mark Roget, b. January 18, 1779, d. 1869

Roget started his thesaurus as a hobby when he was in his twenties, but he began work on it seriously after some family deaths plunged him into depression; his father and his wife died young, and an uncle committed suicide in his presence. He finished and published his magnum opus when he was in his seventies, and it has been a help to writers ever since.

Suggested Reading Works Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition, 1852.

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