This work would be a "Selections" or "Compendium" of works by an author, where I select passages, quotes, or otherwise an ordering of his works, wholesale, given in an order that presents their whole opus as one, linear project; a timeline of the development of their "one goal" of their writing?
Namely, the project would be rearranging "abridged"/selections (so, yes, "selections",) [but "compendium" is an intentionally used word (hence my capitalizing of 'selections' and 'compendium'),] where the rearrangement would present a cohesive, linear presentation, rather than the more broken-up style of the author-in-question.
So would the title "Chrestomathic Compendium" be appropriate for that kind of project?
(Research:) (Collin's Dictionary)
- a collection of literary passages, for use in studying a language
- a collection of passages or pieces from the writings of an author
H.L. Mencken's preface to his "A Mencken Chrestomathy" provides a good description of the word, and can serve as rationale for my "research", at least, if not also a good place for defining the term.
- a brief summary of a larger work or of a field of knowledge
And I feel "selections" is a broad enough term to be used as a general descriptor...