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June 21, 2017

George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler at the Stratford Festival, Ontario, Canada

Join George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler, authors of Shakespeare’s Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light, on Friday, June 23 from 9 to 10:30 am at the Stratford Festival  in Ontario, Canada as they explain the amazing discovery of this illuminating work and how the annotations contained therein shed light on and tie directly in to Shakespeare’s work. Click here to purchase tickets.

George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler at the Stratford Festival, Ontario, Canada

October 28, 2016

Recent and Upcoming Events

Shakespeare’s Words and Works: A Creativity Conversation with Lauren Gunderson and Dan Wechsler November 14, 2016 at 4 p.m. TEACHING AND LEARNING STUDIO, STUART A. ROSE LIBRARY Emory alumni Lauren Gunderson and Dan Wechsler join moderator Rosemary Magee in a Creativity Conversation devoted to Shakespeare. Lauren Gunderson is an award-winning playwright whose new play, The Book of Will, focuses on the survival of Shakespeare’s words via the printing of the First Folio. Dan Wechsler is an antiquarian bookseller whose book, Shakespeare’s Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light (co-written with George Koppelman) examines a … Read More

Recent and Upcoming Events

October 25, 2016

Two Booksellers Make a Discovery: Turning The Pages of Shakespeare’s Dictionary

The University of Delaware Library has announced a Shakespeare series talk, “Two Booksellers Make a Discovery: Turning The Pages of Shakespeare’s Dictionary,” at 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room in Morris Library. In April 2014, booksellers George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler announced their belief that they had discovered William Shakespeare’s own personally annotated dictionary. The dictionary, John Baret’s An Alvearie: Or, Quadruple Dictionarie, containing “Foure sundrie tongues: Namelie, English, Latine, Greeke and French,” was printed in London in 1580 and is now on loan … Read More

Two Booksellers Make a Discovery: Turning The Pages of Shakespeare’s Dictionary

June 22, 2016

Shakespeare’s Beehive Announcement

We are pleased to announce that our copy of Baret’s Alvearie is now officially on loan at The Folger Shakespeare Library. Please contact us  or The Folger Shakespeare Library  for more information.

Shakespeare’s Beehive Announcement

April 22, 2016

“Details Still Matter” – A reply to Adam Hooks on Shakespeare’s Beehive 2.0

Not long after Adam Hooks posted his online essay: Shakespeare’s Beehive 2.0  (“We find Shakespeare because Shakespeare is who we want to find”) he was asked via Twitter if he had received a review copy of our book. His immediate response was: “It’s self-published, so there are no review copies. And therefore no review.” The truth is dozens of review copies were distributed to various scholars, writers and publications. Professor Hooks did not receive a review copy, but many others did, and there were reviews. Professor Hooks should know – … Read More

“Details Still Matter” – A reply to Adam Hooks on Shakespeare’s Beehive 2.0

November 30, 2015

Holiday Greetings / What’s In a Name?

Before there was digital technology that allowed for easy cutting and pasting of text, you had to do it the hard way. Hundreds of times over, our annotator demonstrates the old fashioned way of taking text from one place and adding it to another. In this example from our chapter “What’s In a Name”, newly added to our second edition, we find a possible connection to one of the most memorable comic scenes in all of Shakespeare. It is just one of many new additions that appear throughout … Read More

Holiday Greetings / What’s In a Name?

September 30, 2015

Announcing the Second Edition of Shakespeare’s Beehive

We are pleased to announce the publication of the second edition, revised and expanded, of Shakespeare’s Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light. A second edition became a necessity as a result of research that we conducted over the course of the past year and a half, evidence that we believe is important to share and helps to solidify and advance the credibility of our arguments and our claim. There are two entirely new chapters, including perhaps what is now the most significant of all: … Read More

Announcing the Second Edition of Shakespeare’s Beehive

July 11, 2014

Henry Denham and Abraham Fleming

In our study, Shakespeare’s Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light , we raise the possibility that if Shakespeare did come into contact with Henry Denham vis-à-vis employment (as was once previously claimed), he may well have had access to the preparation behind the issuing of Holinshed’s Chronicles in 1587, which, as with the 1580 Alvearie , was printed by Denham. The 1587 edition of Holinshed, the second edition, was the version Shakespeare consulted and drew from throughout his career as a writer, most notably as the primary source for the English Histories over the early … Read More

Henry Denham and Abraham Fleming

June 7, 2014

An Evening with George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler

George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler, authors of  Shakespeare’s Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light , will share the intellectual adventure story of their discovery of and subsequent research into a heavily annotated dictionary that they argue to be William Shakepeare’s own. June 17, 2014 from 6 to 8pm Swann Auction Galleries 104 East 25th Street, sixth floor New York, NY 10010 Space is limited, please RSVP to attend: (212) 254-4710 ext. 305 beehive@swanngalleries.com    

An Evening with George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler

June 6, 2014

Baret’s Alvearie: The Biblical Annotations

In our study, Shakespeare’s Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light, we reference twelve biblical annotations as among the most significant of the spoken annotations for several reasons, none more critical than the fact that they have all been born out of the annotator’s memory and do not appear printed in Baret. In comparing the English Bible translations of the period, we observe that, without exception, whenever a translation differs, our annotator’s biblical citations are closer to the Great Bible translation (1540) and the Bishops’ … Read More

Baret’s Alvearie:  The Biblical Annotations
Baret’s Alvearie:  The Biblical Annotations

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George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler’s extraordinary account of their acquisition and subsequent research into an annotated Elizabethan dictionary published in London in 1580. Read More

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