A hexalogy (from Greek ἑξα- hexa-, "six" and -λογία -logia, "discourse") is a compound literary or narrative work that is made up of six distinct works. The word apparently first appeared in English as a borrowing from German, in discussions of August Bungert's Wagnerian opera cycle entitled Homerische Welt based on the Iliad and the Odyssey. (He planned two tetralogies, but the third and fourth operas of the eight were never written.) Both pentalogie and hexalogie were used by Théophile Gautier in 1859. In 1923 the word was applied by an American reviewer to Johannes V. Jensen's The Long Journey.
Examples of works which have been described as hexalogies are:
|Der Biberpelz and Der rote Hahn||1893–1901||Gerhart Hauptmann||two three-act plays|
|The Long Journey||1908–1922||Johannes V. Jensen||novels|
|Aus dem bürgerlichen Heldenleben||1911–1922||Carl Sternheim||plays|
|The Four Winds of Love||1937–1945||Compton Mackenzie||novels|
|Tunnels||2007–2013||Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams||novels|
|Mortal Instruments'||2007–2014||Cassandra Clare||novels|
|Fortunes of War||1960–1980||Olivia Manning||novels|
- William Foster Apthorp. The opera, past and present: an historical sketch. Scribner, 1901. Page 204.
Arthur Elson. Modern Composers of Europe. L.C. Page and Company, 1904. Page 76.
- Théophile Gautier. Histoire de l'art dramatique en France depuis vingt-cinq ans, Volume 5. Magnin, Blanchard et compagnie, 1859. Page 220.
- The Bookman: a review of books and life. Dodd, Mead and Company, 1923. Volume 57, page 209.
- Eberhard Hilscher. Gerhart Hauptmann: Leben und Werk: mit bisher unpublizierten Materialien aus dem Manuskriptnachlass des Dichters. Athenäum, 1988. Page 166.
- The German theatre: a symposium. Edited by Ronald Hayman. Wolff, 1975. Page 113.
- Spartacus Educational, citing biographer Gavin Wallace.
- Lorna Sage, Germaine Greer, Elaine Showalter. The Cambridge guide to women's writing in English. Cambridge University Press, 1999. Page 389.