In the eighteenth century it
became popular to collect the most striking passages from a work
(or a group of works) and to highlight them as "beauties."
Sometimes such collections focused on a single author, as when
Pope drew readers' attention to his favorite passages in his
edition of Shakespeare by printing quotation marks down the
margin. Collections of extracts from many authors are anthologies.
From the Guide to Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
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