I'm asking this on Writing.SE because I'm doing a short presentation on "What is an anthology," and I'm not sure how to answer the question "Why is X an anthology and Y is not?"
Merriam Webster defines "anthology" as:
A collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music.
With a bit more research, I found that a film series such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" is an anthology.
(a) Which of the items in the following list are anthologies?
(b) Is there a critical attribute that professional writers use to say with confidence that a collection is or is not an anthology?
- A book of American quotations.
- A cookbook built around a common theme.
- Guy Kawasaki's book, Enchantment, because each chapter ends with a contributor's essay on "How I did it."
- The Academy Awards gown section of a magazine.
At first I thought that "literary piece" was the acid test, then I found definitions about "literary work" and "collection" to confuse matters more at http://www.copyright.gov/register/tx-collective.html