Zamenhof: Creator of Esperanto, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover


Creator of Esperanto, 1st Edition

By Marjorie Boulton


234 pages

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Hardback: 9781138569966
pub: 2019-11-01

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First published in 1960, this book details the life of Ludovic Zamenhof, the creator of Esperanto. Boulton’s work portrays Zamenhof as a figurehead for peace, his life and work remaining morally, intellectually, and psychologically interesting over time. The book uncovers Zamenhof’s early years, where he, at the age of fifteen, conceived the idea of creating a new language, spurred by the notion of bringing humanity together and achieving peace through the invention of a single language for mankind. This book will be of interest to both historians and linguists alike, as Boulton’s book gives a revealing view of Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a time when Esperanto spread worldwide.

Table of Contents


1. Reason and Love

2. A Schoolboy Creates a Language

3. Father and Son

4. Doctor Zamenhof

5. Helpmate

6. Son and Father

7. Censorship

8. The Continuing Struggle

9. Division in France

10. Triumph

11. ‘Fundamento’

12. A Religion for Humanity

13. Geneva

14. Zamenhof in England

15. A Man and His Betrayers

16. Consolidation

17. Barcelona and Washington

18. Antwerp and Krakow

19. Translator

20. Father Among His Children

21. Heartbreak

22. Immortality

23. Black Swastika and Green Star


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