The Complete Works

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The Complete Works is a collection of all the works of one artist, writer, musician, group, etc. Sometimes the Latin language equivalent, Opera Omnia, is used, as for the works of Galen.[1] For example, Complete Works of Shakespeare is an edition containing all the plays and poems of William Shakespeare.

Sometimes the complete works may be titled by a single word, "Works".[2]

A "Complete Works" edition usually is accompanied with notes, introduction, biographical sketch, and other additional information.

A contrasting term is "selected works", which is a collection of works selected according to some criterion, e.g., by prominence, by being a representative selection, etc.

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  1. ^ Galen, Claudius (1828). Opera Omnia. Leipzig: Carl Cnobloch. 
  2. ^ "Using Uniform Titles: Collective Titles", University of Nebraska's Comprehensive Research Library