Posted on May 3, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The latest issue of Smithsonian magazine profiles an unsung hero of countless essays and works of fiction: Peter Mark Roget.

You may have guessed based on the clues that he is the Roget of the eponymous thesaurus, but you may not be as familiar with the life he led before creating that enduring achievement. 

As a young man, Roget accepted a job chaperoning the teenage sons of a wealthy man, thinking it was a welcome career break for him.

And Smithsonian concludes that it was, in fact, a life-changing decision, though certainly not in the way he might have expected.

Learn more about what led up to Roget writing his thesaurus in the Smithsonian article.

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