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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 ( Latin language
Latin language


* 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 Anthology

_ 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.


In East Asian
East Asian
tradition, an anthology was a recognised form of compilation of a given poetic form . It was assumed that there was a cyclic development: any particular form, say the _tanka _ in Japan
, would be introduced at one point in history, be explored by masters during a subsequent time, and finally be subject to popularisation (and a certain dilution) when it achieved widespread recognition. In this model, which derives from Chinese tradition, the object of compiling an anthology was to preserve the best of a form, and cull the rest.

In Malaysia
, an anthology (or _antologi_ in Malay ) is a collection of _syair_, _sajak_