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Shakespeare's Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light [Kindle Edition]

George Koppelman , Daniel Wechsler
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Book Description

A study of manuscript annotations in a curious copy of John Baret's ALVEARIE, an Elizabethan dictionary published in 1580. Evidence suggests that the annotations may have been written by William Shakespeare.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 11313 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Axletree Books (April 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JS3M3QE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Largely unreadable catalog of "evidence" June 30, 2014
By Salenia
The authors, two rare book dealers in New York, purchased on eBay for
$4,050 a copy of an English dictionary printed in 1580. They
self-published this book to prove that the specific copy they found on
eBay belonged to William Shakespeare and was used by him as a source
for hundreds or thousands of words and phrases used in his plays and
poetry. They hope to sell the dictionary for ... millions?

The dictionary does not bear Shakespeare's signature or even his
initials, "W.S." (although the authors note that in five instances the
annotator copied words in the text beginning with a capital "W" or "S".) The
authors' argument is based instead on minute, even mind numbing,
analysis of two types of handwritten notations in the book: words or
phrases written out in the text or underlining or marginal signs such
as a mark placed next to words in the text, the so-called "mute
annotations". They also make much of a final blank leaf on which are
written a list of English words and their French translations, the
so-called "word salad."

The methodology of the authors is to look at hundreds of the written
annotations and point out that Shakespeare used the same exact phrase
somewhere in his writings. Or if not that exact phrase, a similar
phrase or if not a similar phrase, a phrase that sounds similar or
if none of the above, that he used the words or some of them close together.
Many of the words and phrases they point to are apparently unusual and rare
in Shakespeare.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whose Dictionary Did George Buy? June 2, 2014
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George Koppelman, along with his antiquarian book dealer colleague, buy an Alvearie with notations they believe to be those written by William Shakespere. This only copy of what may be the famous author's only source book left to posterity is discussed in support of their theory that it is Shakespere who used this resource to fine tune his language as he wrote poems and plays.

This reader, although no Shakespere scholar, agrees with their supposition after reading their presentation.

Good luck may be needed as the discussion proceeds between scholars and others as to whether the author is correct.

No matter what, entering this intellectual puzzle is good food for the mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 6, 2014
By Leo28
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If you dig Shakespeare this is a book you should have in your collection.
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