Shakespeares Beehive: Annotated Dictionary of the Bard from

Shakespeare wird heute 450 Jahre alt! Herzlichen Glückwunsch, oller Barde! Pünktlich zum Geburtstag haben die zwei Buchhändler George Koppelman und Daniel Wechsler bekanntgegeben, dass sie vor sechs Jahren auf Ebay (!) Shakespeares Wörterbuch gekauft haben, mit Annotationen vom Meister himself. Das komplette Ding kann man sich auf der Website Shakespeares Beehive (nach Registrierung) durchlesen und natürlich machen Shakespeare-Gelehrte bereits Radau und melden Zweifel an der Authentizität des Funds an. Die komplette Story gibt's beim Atlantic:

George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler, believe they’ve found the copy. It surfaced on eBay, naturally, where the book's 1580 publication date and a seller's reference to "contemporary annotations" caught Koppelman's eye. Suspecting the book was what he now believes it to be, Koppelman paid $4,300 for it in 2008, he told the New Yorker.

Once he and Wechsler had their hands on the Alvearie, they studied its annotations for evidence that Shakespeare himself had scoured and marked up the pages. This, they say, is indeed Shakespeare’s Alvearie.

Koppelman and Wechsler announce their work in a new book of their own, Shakespeare’s Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light. It seems to be half-reproduction of the alleged dictionary and half-discussion, and it’s accompanied by a website that itself includes photographs of the Alvearie.

Already, though, senior Shakespeare scholars have publicly doubted the announcement. There isn’t yet a preponderance of evidence, they say, to prove this book was the Bard’s.

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