Anthologies

Definition of "Anthology" (from Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary Of the English Language, 2001):

1. a book or other collection of selected writings by various authors, usually in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject: an anthology of Elizabethan drama; an anthology of modern philosophy.

2. a collection of selected writings by one author.

[1630-40; < L anthologia < Gk: collection of poems, lit., gathering of flowers, equiv. to anthológ(os) flower-gathering (antho- ANTHO- + -logos, adj. deriv. of légein, to pick up, collect) + -ia, -IA].

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297 books · 186 voters · list created January 26th, 2010 by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (votes) .
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message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn HELP WANTED: Reading Modern Short Stories/Jarvis A. Thurston--1955, Scott, Foresman. An excellent collection and I can't seem to pull it up.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Hmmm ... still working on Thurston, so far no luck, alas.

Btw, I've posted a definition of "anthology" (see above) -- could I please ask everyone that we stick to that definition in adding books to this list? Thanks very much!


message 3: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "Hmmm ... still working on Thurston, so far no luck, alas.

Btw, I've posted a definition of "anthology" (see above) -- could I please ask everyone that we stick to that definition in adding books t..."

Yes, thank you. Will conform in future and remove non-conforming items I may have posted.



message 4: by Reese (new)

Reese Thom wrote: "Themis-Athena wrote: "Hmmm ... still working on Thurston, so far no luck, alas.

Btw, I've posted a definition of "anthology" (see above) -- could I please ask everyone that we stick to that defini..."


Rather than risk crossing the line that is blurred by the word "usually" in def.#1, I cancelled votes for two books that I had added (Pickering & Hoeper's LITERATURE and Meyer's THE BEDFORD INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE).


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Reese (and Thom), I'm truly sorry if my above post comes across as draconian -- I certainly didn't mean it that way! And, FWIW, I think both the Pickering/Hoeper and Meyer books would qualify, because their selections are specifically made with an eye towards teaching, which at the very least provides them with a unified editorial approach (even if not a common subject as such ...)

I'm actually much more surprised to see the Holy Bible being listed -- or is that just my traditional way of thinking? Can a primary religious text also be an anthology, I wonder? (The Qur'an probably wouldn't be one, as it's considered the unabridged Word of God, as written down by Mohammed. But what about a book containing just the four [Christian:] Gospels? Or a selection of texts from the Torah/the Old Testament? Hmm ...)


message 6: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "Reese (and Thom), I'm truly sorry if my above post comes across as draconian -- I certainly didn't mean it that way! And, FWIW, I think both the Pickering/Hoeper and Meyer books would qualify, bec..."

Given that the Bible we have is a selection ("The Books") from many that could have been chosen, varies widely in terms of composition(Samson story is oral-formulaic), and is pulled together under a common theme, I maintain it is the archetypal anthology. The Holy Quran I cannot speak for except to mention its arrangement of suras by length sets it off as a 'worked' body of sacred literature.


message 7: by Reese (new)

Reese T-A & T,
Both of you (not surprisingly) posted interesting and
enlightening comments.
Thanks,
Reese


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