In book publishing , an ANTHOLOGY is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler. It may be a collection of poems, short stories, plays, songs, or excerpts. In genre fiction _anthology_ is used to categorize collections of shorter works such as short stories and short novels , usually collected into a single volume for publication.
The complete collections of works are often called Complete Works or
Opera Omnia (
* 1 Etymology * 2 Traditional * 3 Twentieth century * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links
The word entered the English language in the 17th century, from the
Greek word, ἀνθολογία (_anthologia_ "a collection of
flowers"), a reference to one of the earliest known anthologies, the
_Garland_ (Στέφανος), the introduction to which compares each
of its anthologized poets to a flower. That _Garland_ by Meléagros of
Gadara formed the kernel for what has become known as the Greek
_ Florilegium _, a Latin derivative for a collection of flowers, was used in medieval Europe for an anthology of Latin proverbs and textual excerpts. Shortly before anthology had entered the language, English had begun using as a word for such a collection.