Books: Intro to Anthologies

If you’ve looked at the list of books I’ve read, you’ll see that I have quite a few anthologies. By [] definition, an anthology is:

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


a collection of selected writings by one author

All of the anthologies were obtained as required reading for my undergrad courses as a  Lit. major. I have not read every single piece in any of them, but one of my goals is to accomplish just that. With the growing list of other titles I want to read, getting through the anthologies is near the bottom of my list of priorities. However, because I’m obsessively attached to them, they will remain a permanent part of my “keeping collection”, unlike other books that I will sell/donate as I review them.

The anthologies I will be talking about fall under the “various authors” definition, and include:

Bedford Introduction to Literature 7th Ed.
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction, 7th E d.

Anthology of American Literature Vol. 2,  9th Ed.
Heath Anthology of American Literature Colonial-1800; Vol. A, 5th Ed.
Heath Anthology of American Literature 1800-1865; Vol. B, 5th Ed.

Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1, 8th Ed.
Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, 2nd Ed.

Norton Anthology of African American Literature, 2nd Ed.
Best African American Fiction: 2009

The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature
Norton Anthology of Latino Literature

The Norton Shakespeare, based on Oxford, 2nd Ed.
The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare , Annotated

The Cypress Dome Issue 17, 2006 [UCF student publication]
The Cypress Dome Issue 21, 2010 [UCF student publication]

Each of these anthologies cover an extensive range of authors and titles, and it would be an injustice for me to 1) cover them minimally in a single post, or 2) cover them completely in a single post. If you’ll stick with me, we can cover them in a few posts so you get a feel for each. I will cover them in the order in which they are listed above, not alphabetically by author as they are listed here.

If you have questions about any of these, send me a message.

In my next post I will cover The Bedford Introduction to Literature as well as The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction.

Happy Reading!