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A tetralogy (from Greek τετρα- tetra- , "four" and -λογία -logia, "discourse") is a compound work that is made up of four distinct works. The name comes from the Attic theater, in which a tetralogy was a group of three tragedies followed by a satyr play, all by one author, to be played in one sitting at the Dionysia as part of a competition. [1]





The Ring Cycle [4] 1848-1874 Richard Wagner
Parade's End 1924–1928 Ford Madox Ford
The Master of Hestviken series1925-1927 Sigrid Undset
Joseph and His Brothers 1933-1943 Thomas Mann
The Once and Future King 1938–1958 T. H. White
The Alexandria Quartet 1957–1960 Lawrence Durrell
Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetralogy 1960–1990 John Updike
The Raj Quartet 1965–1975 Paul Scott
The History of the Runestaff 1967–1969 Michael Moorcock
The Space Odyssey series1968–1997 Arthur C. Clarke
The Sea of Fertility 1969–1971 Yukio Mishima
The Quartet [5] 1978–2002 A. S. Byatt
The Book of the New Sun 1980–1983 Gene Wolfe
The Buru Quartet 1980–1988 Pramoedya Ananta Toer
The Hannibal Lecter series1981–2006 Thomas Harris
The Lonesome Dove series 1985–1997 Larry McMurtry
The L.A. Quartet 1987-1992 James Ellroy
The Neapolitan Novels 2011-2014 Elena Ferrante


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In the early modern period of literature, Shakespeare drafted a pair of tetralogies, the first consisting of the three Henry VI plays and Richard III , and the second, what we now call a prequel because it is set earlier, consisting of Richard II , the two Henry IV plays, and Henry V . [7]

As an alternative to "tetralogy", "quartet" is sometimes used, particularly for series of four books. The term "quadrilogy", using the Latin prefix quadri- instead of the Greek, and first recorded in 1865, [8] has also been used for marketing the Alien movies.

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