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ANA (ANN-uh)

1. A collection of anecdotes about a person or place
2. A collection of various materials that reflect the character of a person or place
Common clues: Literary miscellany; Literary olio; Literary assortment; Anecdote collection; Collection of anecdotes, e.g.
Crossword puzzle frequency: once a month
Frequency in English language: 12553 / 86800

Such collections, or Ana, have been made in all ages, and in every country where literature has been cultivated. In modern times, Ana has been used to denote collections, either of remarks by celebrated individuals in conversation, or of extracts from their note-books, letters, or even published works - or generally, of particulars respecting them. Of these collections Voltaire has said, in his wicked way, that we are indebted for them, for the most part, to those bookmakers who live on the follies of the dead.

- from the Introduction to “The Percy Anecdotes”.