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This is not a greatest books list.

Metacanon is a database that offers an alternative to the genre of the greatest books list. Unlike lists compiled by individuals or small committees of experts, metacanon builds custom book lists by culling data from tens of thousands of scholarly texts. This data-driven approach results in a more comprehensive, flexible, and inclusive gateway into the canon(s).

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AMERICAN FICTION 1900-1999

# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.BelovedToni Morrison198727.15
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 2528 (10.62 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1612 (6.54 points) | American Literature: 29 (2.95 points) | American Literary History: 53 (5.54 points)
2Mark as read.Invisible ManRalph Ellison195226.15
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 2185 (10.19 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1183 (5.98 points) | American Literature: 45 (3.48 points) | American Literary History: 52 (5.50 points)
3Mark as read.The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald192523.31
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 2033 (9.98 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1004 (5.69 points) | American Literature: 69 (4.06 points) | American Literary History: 17 (3.58 points)
4Mark as read.Native SonRichard Wright194022.25
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 805 (7.62 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1832 (6.78 points) | American Literature: 47 (3.54 points) | American Literary History: 27 (4.31 points)
5Mark as read.Absalom, Absalom!William Faulkner193621.89
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 797 (7.60 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1110 (5.86 points) | American Literature: 110 (4.76 points) | American Literary History: 18 (3.67 points)
6Mark as read.The Sound and the FuryWilliam Faulkner192921.57
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 842 (7.72 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1320 (6.17 points) | American Literature: 124 (4.95 points) | American Literary History: 9 (2.72 points)
7Mark as read.The Color PurpleAlice Walker198220.89
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 1733 (9.53 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 482 (4.57 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 11 (2.97 points)
8Mark as read.The Grapes of WrathJohn Steinbeck193919.97
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 1298 (8.77 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 666 (5.04 points) | American Literature: 28 (2.91 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
9Mark as read.Their Eyes Were Watching GodZora Neale Hurston193719.86
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 1560 (9.25 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 643 (4.99 points) | American Literature: 13 (2.13 points) | American Literary History: 16 (3.49 points)
10Mark as read.The AmbassadorsHenry James190319.76
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 268 (5.45 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1555 (6.47 points) | American Literature: 163 (5.42 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
11Mark as read.The Golden BowlHenry James190419.40
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 168 (4.69 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1431 (6.31 points) | American Literature: 143 (5.19 points) | American Literary History: 13 (3.20 points)
12Mark as read.Gravity's RainbowThomas Pynchon197319.38
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 990 (8.10 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 521 (4.68 points) | American Literature: 27 (2.87 points) | American Literary History: 9 (2.72 points)
13Mark as read.The Bluest EyeToni Morrison197018.24
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 1238 (8.65 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 597 (4.88 points) | American Literature: 13 (2.13 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
14Mark as read.JazzToni Morrison199218.17
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 304 (5.67 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1119 (5.88 points) | American Literature: 18 (2.44 points) | American Literary History: 25 (4.18 points)
15Mark as read.Light in AugustWilliam Faulkner193218.12
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 336 (5.85 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 788 (5.30 points) | American Literature: 87 (4.40 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
16Mark as read.The Wings of the DoveHenry James190217.97
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 194 (4.92 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1162 (5.94 points) | American Literature: 117 (4.86 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
17Mark as read.A Farewell to ArmsErnest Hemingway192917.93
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 823 (7.67 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 617 (4.93 points) | American Literature: 56 (3.77 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
18Mark as read.NeuromancerWilliam Gibson198417.66
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 3134 (11.28 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 265 (3.80 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
19Mark as read.The House of MirthEdith Wharton190517.60
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 326 (5.79 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 773 (5.27 points) | American Literature: 40 (3.33 points) | American Literary History: 13 (3.20 points)
20Mark as read.LolitaVladimir Nabokov195517.50
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 736 (7.42 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 811 (5.35 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
21Mark as read.Sister CarrieTheodore Dreiser190017.31
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 352 (5.93 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 612 (4.92 points) | American Literature: 55 (3.74 points) | American Literary History: 9 (2.72 points)
22Mark as read.The Sun Also RisesErnest Hemingway192617.22
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 620 (7.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 609 (4.91 points) | American Literature: 53 (3.69 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
23Mark as read.As I Lay DyingWilliam Faulkner193016.93
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 303 (5.66 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 699 (5.12 points) | American Literature: 71 (4.10 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
24Mark as read.Song of SolomonToni Morrison197716.90
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 467 (6.47 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 581 (4.84 points) | American Literature: 17 (2.39 points) | American Literary History: 13 (3.20 points)
25Mark as read.ParadiseToni Morrison199716.89
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 305 (5.67 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 927 (5.56 points) | American Literature: 11 (1.98 points) | American Literary History: 18 (3.67 points)
26Mark as read.Go Down, MosesWilliam Faulkner194216.87
Genre: Novel, Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 240 (5.26 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 639 (4.98 points) | American Literature: 62 (3.91 points) | American Literary History: 9 (2.72 points)
27Mark as read.The Old Man and the SeaErnest Hemingway195216.84
Genre: Novella

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 554 (6.82 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 350 (4.15 points) | American Literature: 34 (3.14 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
28Mark as read.On the RoadJack Kerouac195716.70
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 772 (7.53 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 527 (4.70 points) | American Literature: 10 (1.90 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
29Mark as read.All the King's MenRobert Penn Warren194616.70
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 315 (5.73 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 452 (4.48 points) | American Literature: 37 (3.24 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
30Mark as read.The Crying of Lot 49Thomas Pynchon196616.60
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 773 (7.53 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 374 (4.23 points) | American Literature: 11 (1.98 points) | American Literary History: 10 (2.85 points)
31Mark as read.Tender is the NightF. Scott Fitzgerald193416.28
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 325 (5.79 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 509 (4.65 points) | American Literature: 43 (3.42 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
32Mark as read.SulaToni Morrison197316.25
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 441 (6.36 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 548 (4.76 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
33Mark as read.Gone with the WindMargaret Mitchell193616.04
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 573 (6.89 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 254 (3.75 points) | American Literature: 11 (1.98 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
34Mark as read.White NoiseDon DeLillo198516.02
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 591 (6.95 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 210 (3.53 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 16 (3.49 points)
35Mark as read.The Age of InnocenceEdith Wharton192016.01
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 325 (5.79 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 556 (4.78 points) | American Literature: 36 (3.21 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
36Mark as read.To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee196015.98
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 1397 (8.96 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 120 (2.94 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
37Mark as read.The Professor's HouseWilla Cather192515.91
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 221 (5.13 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 414 (4.37 points) | American Literature: 40 (3.33 points) | American Literary History: 12 (3.09 points)
38Mark as read.PassingNella Larsen192915.86
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 370 (6.02 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 409 (4.35 points) | American Literature: 10 (1.90 points) | American Literary History: 17 (3.58 points)
39Mark as read.The JungleUpton Sinclair190615.61
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 769 (7.52 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 261 (3.78 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
40Mark as read.In Our TimeErnest Hemingway192515.56
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 201 (4.97 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 613 (4.92 points) | American Literature: 43 (3.42 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
41Mark as read.The OctopusFrank Norris190115.47
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 279 (5.52 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 364 (4.20 points) | American Literature: 46 (3.51 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
42Mark as read.My AntoniaWilla Cather191815.46
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 253 (5.35 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 703 (5.12 points) | American Literature: 43 (3.42 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
43Mark as read.BabbittSinclair Lewis192215.45
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 238 (5.25 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 519 (4.68 points) | American Literature: 53 (3.69 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
44Mark as read.CaneJean Toomer192315.44
Genre: Novel, Other

Google Scholar: 158 (4.60 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 492 (4.60 points) | American Literature: 24 (2.74 points) | American Literary History: 16 (3.49 points)
45Mark as read.Death Comes for the ArchbishopWilla Cather192715.41
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 339 (5.86 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 438 (4.44 points) | American Literature: 38 (3.27 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
46Mark as read.An American TragedyTheodore Dreiser192515.30
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 238 (5.25 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 403 (4.33 points) | American Literature: 39 (3.30 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
47Mark as read.The Catcher in the RyeJ. D. Salinger195114.86
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 1234 (8.64 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 196 (3.45 points) | American Literature: 15 (2.27 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
48Mark as read.For Whom the Bell TollsErnest Hemingway194014.80
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 444 (6.37 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 445 (4.46 points) | American Literature: 35 (3.17 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
49Mark as read.Requiem for a NunWilliam Faulkner195114.79
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 365 (6.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 308 (3.98 points) | American Literature: 32 (3.07 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
50Mark as read.Slaughterhouse-FiveKurt Vonnegut196914.75
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 781 (7.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 233 (3.65 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
51Mark as read.HerzogSaul Bellow196414.64
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 201 (4.97 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 575 (4.82 points) | American Literature: 21 (2.60 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
52Mark as read.CeremonyLeslie Marmon Silko197714.58*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus.
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 806 (7.62 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 360 (3.48 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus. | American Literature: 6 (1.11 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus. | American Literary History: 12 (2.37 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus.

N-gram Frequency Correction: -44.29%
53Mark as read.Look Homeward, AngelThomas Wolfe192914.46
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 288 (5.57 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 539 (4.73 points) | American Literature: 28 (2.91 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
54Mark as read.Winesburg, OhioSherwood Anderson191914.43
Genre: Novel, Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 220 (5.12 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 362 (4.19 points) | American Literature: 32 (3.07 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
55Mark as read.The House on Mango StreetSandra Cisneros198414.40
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 1037 (8.21 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 171 (3.30 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
56Mark as read.Main StreetSinclair Lewis192014.31
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 172 (4.73 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 509 (4.65 points) | American Literature: 41 (3.36 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
57Mark as read.Catch-22Joseph Heller196114.17
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 710 (7.34 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 221 (3.59 points) | American Literature: 6 (1.50 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
58Mark as read.The VirginianOwen Wister190214.09
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 219 (5.11 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 517 (4.67 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
59Mark as read.QuicksandNella Larsen192814.06
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 370 (6.02 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 253 (3.75 points) | American Literature: 8 (1.72 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
60Mark as read.Confessions of Nat TurnerWilliam Styron196713.99
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 270 (5.46 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 187 (3.40 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
61Mark as read.UnderworldDon DeLillo199713.95
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Finalist (0.50 points) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 377 (6.06 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 241 (3.69 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 13 (3.20 points)
62Mark as read.Autobiography of an Ex-Colored ManJames Weldon Johnson191213.81
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 565 (6.86 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 154 (3.19 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 9 (2.72 points)
63Mark as read.Sophie's ChoiceWilliam Styron197913.77
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 350 (5.92 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 102 (2.78 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
64Mark as read.The HamletWilliam Faulkner194013.69
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 129 (4.30 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 517 (4.67 points) | American Literature: 45 (3.48 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
65Mark as read.Go Tell It on the MountainJames Baldwin195313.69
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 310 (5.70 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 281 (3.87 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
66Mark as read.American PastoralPhilip Roth199713.68
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 294 (5.61 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 270 (3.82 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
67Mark as read.The Call of the WildJack London190313.63
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 294 (5.61 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 243 (3.70 points) | American Literature: 15 (2.27 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
68Mark as read.MeridianAlice Walker197613.55
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 182 (4.82 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 331 (4.07 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 10 (2.85 points)
69Mark as read.Portnoy's ComplaintPhilip Roth196913.53
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 546 (6.79 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 265 (3.80 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
70Mark as read.ArrowsmithSinclair Lewis192513.51
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 170 (4.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 250 (3.73 points) | American Literature: 19 (2.50 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
71Mark as read.This Side of ParadiseF. Scott Fitzgerald192013.50
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 231 (5.20 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 350 (4.15 points) | American Literature: 16 (2.33 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
72Mark as read.A FableWilliam Faulkner195513.48
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 34 (2.69 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 404 (4.33 points) | American Literature: 52 (3.67 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
73Mark as read.The Sacred FountHenry James190113.43
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 65 (3.40 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 563 (4.79 points) | American Literature: 66 (3.99 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
74Mark as read.The Making of AmericansGertrude Stein192513.42
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 182 (4.82 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 319 (4.03 points) | American Literature: 16 (2.33 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
75Mark as read.O Pioneers!Willa Cather191313.29
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 161 (4.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 407 (4.34 points) | American Literature: 15 (2.27 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
76Mark as read.The Bell JarSylvia Plath196313.25
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 534 (6.74 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 260 (3.78 points) | American Literature: 6 (1.50 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
77Mark as read.Miss LonelyheartsNathanael West193313.22
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 256 (5.37 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 187 (3.40 points) | American Literature: 14 (2.20 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
78Mark as read.Pale FireVladimir Nabokov196213.19
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 285 (5.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 466 (4.53 points) | American Literature: 5 (1.37 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
79Mark as read.Intruder in the DustWilliam Faulkner194813.01
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 195 (4.92 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 310 (3.99 points) | American Literature: 15 (2.27 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
80Mark as read.The Day of the LocustNathanael West193912.92
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 256 (5.37 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 181 (3.36 points) | American Literature: 13 (2.13 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
81Mark as read.The OutsiderRichard Wright195312.87
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 104 (4.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 453 (4.49 points) | American Literature: 13 (2.13 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
82Mark as read.The Song of the LarkWilla Cather191512.78
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 128 (4.29 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 340 (4.11 points) | American Literature: 16 (2.33 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
83Mark as read.Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceRobert M. Pirsig197412.70
Genre: Other

Google Scholar: 2820 (10.95 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 28 (1.75 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
84Mark as read.Tropic of CancerHenry Miller193412.70
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 301 (5.65 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 281 (3.87 points) | American Literature: 17 (2.39 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
85Mark as read.The Beast in the JungleHenry James190312.70
Genre: Novella

Google Scholar: 117 (4.16 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 459 (4.51 points) | American Literature: 37 (3.24 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
86Mark as read.Tar BabyToni Morrison198112.69
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 214 (5.07 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 330 (4.07 points) | American Literature: 6 (1.50 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
87Mark as read.The Adventures of Augie MarchSaul Bellow195312.61
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 176 (4.76 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 236 (3.66 points) | American Literature: 7 (1.61 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
88Mark as read.The MoviegoerWalker Percy196112.56
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 169 (4.70 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 219 (3.58 points) | American Literature: 8 (1.72 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
89Mark as read.U.S.A.John Dos Passos193812.53
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 15 (1.94 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 616 (4.93 points) | American Literature: 37 (3.24 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
90Mark as read.Love MedicineLouise Erdrich198412.52
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 289 (5.58 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 234 (3.65 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
91Mark as read.Almanac of the DeadLeslie Marmon Silko199112.52
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 402 (6.18 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 140 (3.09 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 9 (2.72 points)
92Mark as read.Uncle Tom's ChildrenRichard Wright193812.48
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 121 (4.21 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 282 (3.88 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
93Mark as read.The PitFrank Norris190312.45
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 95 (3.88 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 187 (3.40 points) | American Literature: 24 (2.74 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
94Mark as read.House Made of DawnN. Scott Momaday196812.43
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 458 (6.43 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 246 (3.71 points) | American Literature: 6 (1.50 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
95Mark as read.Lost in the FunhouseJohn Barth196812.43
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 340 (5.87 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 197 (3.46 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
96Mark as read.Mumbo JumboIshmael Reed197212.28
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 193 (4.91 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 220 (3.58 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
97Mark as read.Another CountryJames Baldwin196212.26
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 161 (4.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 288 (3.90 points) | American Literature: 10 (1.90 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
98Mark as read.One of OursWilla Cather192212.26
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 57 (3.25 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 286 (3.89 points) | American Literature: 20 (2.55 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
99Mark as read.The Custom of the CountryEdith Wharton191312.17
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 102 (3.98 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 356 (4.17 points) | American Literature: 25 (2.79 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
100Mark as read.The Last TycoonF. Scott Fitzgerald194112.16
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 77 (3.61 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 254 (3.75 points) | American Literature: 20 (2.55 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
# Score
1Mark as read.Beloved (1987)
Toni Morrison
27.15
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 2528 (10.62 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1612 (6.54 points) | American Literature: 29 (2.95 points) | American Literary History: 53 (5.54 points)
2Mark as read.Invisible Man (1952)
Ralph Ellison
26.15
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 2185 (10.19 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1183 (5.98 points) | American Literature: 45 (3.48 points) | American Literary History: 52 (5.50 points)
3Mark as read.The Great Gatsby (1925)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
23.31
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 2033 (9.98 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1004 (5.69 points) | American Literature: 69 (4.06 points) | American Literary History: 17 (3.58 points)
4Mark as read.Native Son (1940)
Richard Wright
22.25
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 805 (7.62 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1832 (6.78 points) | American Literature: 47 (3.54 points) | American Literary History: 27 (4.31 points)
5Mark as read.Absalom, Absalom! (1936)
William Faulkner
21.89
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 797 (7.60 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1110 (5.86 points) | American Literature: 110 (4.76 points) | American Literary History: 18 (3.67 points)
6Mark as read.The Sound and the Fury (1929)
William Faulkner
21.57
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 842 (7.72 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1320 (6.17 points) | American Literature: 124 (4.95 points) | American Literary History: 9 (2.72 points)
7Mark as read.The Color Purple (1982)
Alice Walker
20.89
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 1733 (9.53 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 482 (4.57 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 11 (2.97 points)
8Mark as read.The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
John Steinbeck
19.97
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 1298 (8.77 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 666 (5.04 points) | American Literature: 28 (2.91 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
9Mark as read.Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
Zora Neale Hurston
19.86
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 1560 (9.25 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 643 (4.99 points) | American Literature: 13 (2.13 points) | American Literary History: 16 (3.49 points)
10Mark as read.The Ambassadors (1903)
Henry James
19.76
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 268 (5.45 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1555 (6.47 points) | American Literature: 163 (5.42 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
11Mark as read.The Golden Bowl (1904)
Henry James
19.40
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 168 (4.69 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1431 (6.31 points) | American Literature: 143 (5.19 points) | American Literary History: 13 (3.20 points)
12Mark as read.Gravity's Rainbow (1973)
Thomas Pynchon
19.38
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 990 (8.10 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 521 (4.68 points) | American Literature: 27 (2.87 points) | American Literary History: 9 (2.72 points)
13Mark as read.The Bluest Eye (1970)
Toni Morrison
18.24
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 1238 (8.65 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 597 (4.88 points) | American Literature: 13 (2.13 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
14Mark as read.Jazz (1992)
Toni Morrison
18.17
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 304 (5.67 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1119 (5.88 points) | American Literature: 18 (2.44 points) | American Literary History: 25 (4.18 points)
15Mark as read.Light in August (1932)
William Faulkner
18.12
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 336 (5.85 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 788 (5.30 points) | American Literature: 87 (4.40 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
16Mark as read.The Wings of the Dove (1902)
Henry James
17.97
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 194 (4.92 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1162 (5.94 points) | American Literature: 117 (4.86 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
17Mark as read.A Farewell to Arms (1929)
Ernest Hemingway
17.93
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 823 (7.67 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 617 (4.93 points) | American Literature: 56 (3.77 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
18Mark as read.Neuromancer (1984)
William Gibson
17.66
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 3134 (11.28 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 265 (3.80 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
19Mark as read.The House of Mirth (1905)
Edith Wharton
17.60
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 326 (5.79 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 773 (5.27 points) | American Literature: 40 (3.33 points) | American Literary History: 13 (3.20 points)
20Mark as read.Lolita (1955)
Vladimir Nabokov
17.50
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 736 (7.42 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 811 (5.35 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
21Mark as read.Sister Carrie (1900)
Theodore Dreiser
17.31
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 352 (5.93 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 612 (4.92 points) | American Literature: 55 (3.74 points) | American Literary History: 9 (2.72 points)
22Mark as read.The Sun Also Rises (1926)
Ernest Hemingway
17.22
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 620 (7.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 609 (4.91 points) | American Literature: 53 (3.69 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
23Mark as read.As I Lay Dying (1930)
William Faulkner
16.93
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 303 (5.66 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 699 (5.12 points) | American Literature: 71 (4.10 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
24Mark as read.Song of Solomon (1977)
Toni Morrison
16.90
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 467 (6.47 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 581 (4.84 points) | American Literature: 17 (2.39 points) | American Literary History: 13 (3.20 points)
25Mark as read.Paradise (1997)
Toni Morrison
16.89
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 305 (5.67 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 927 (5.56 points) | American Literature: 11 (1.98 points) | American Literary History: 18 (3.67 points)
26Mark as read.Go Down, Moses (1942)
William Faulkner
16.87
Genre: Novel, Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 240 (5.26 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 639 (4.98 points) | American Literature: 62 (3.91 points) | American Literary History: 9 (2.72 points)
27Mark as read.The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
Ernest Hemingway
16.84
Genre: Novella

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 554 (6.82 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 350 (4.15 points) | American Literature: 34 (3.14 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
28Mark as read.On the Road (1957)
Jack Kerouac
16.70
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 772 (7.53 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 527 (4.70 points) | American Literature: 10 (1.90 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
29Mark as read.All the King's Men (1946)
Robert Penn Warren
16.70
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 315 (5.73 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 452 (4.48 points) | American Literature: 37 (3.24 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
30Mark as read.The Crying of Lot 49 (1966)
Thomas Pynchon
16.60
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 773 (7.53 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 374 (4.23 points) | American Literature: 11 (1.98 points) | American Literary History: 10 (2.85 points)
31Mark as read.Tender is the Night (1934)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
16.28
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 325 (5.79 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 509 (4.65 points) | American Literature: 43 (3.42 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
32Mark as read.Sula (1973)
Toni Morrison
16.25
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 441 (6.36 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 548 (4.76 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
33Mark as read.Gone with the Wind (1936)
Margaret Mitchell
16.04
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 573 (6.89 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 254 (3.75 points) | American Literature: 11 (1.98 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
34Mark as read.White Noise (1985)
Don DeLillo
16.02
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 591 (6.95 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 210 (3.53 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 16 (3.49 points)
35Mark as read.The Age of Innocence (1920)
Edith Wharton
16.01
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 325 (5.79 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 556 (4.78 points) | American Literature: 36 (3.21 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
36Mark as read.To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
Harper Lee
15.98
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 1397 (8.96 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 120 (2.94 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
37Mark as read.The Professor's House (1925)
Willa Cather
15.91
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 221 (5.13 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 414 (4.37 points) | American Literature: 40 (3.33 points) | American Literary History: 12 (3.09 points)
38Mark as read.Passing (1929)
Nella Larsen
15.86
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 370 (6.02 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 409 (4.35 points) | American Literature: 10 (1.90 points) | American Literary History: 17 (3.58 points)
39Mark as read.The Jungle (1906)
Upton Sinclair
15.61
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 769 (7.52 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 261 (3.78 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
40Mark as read.In Our Time (1925)
Ernest Hemingway
15.56
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 201 (4.97 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 613 (4.92 points) | American Literature: 43 (3.42 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
41Mark as read.The Octopus (1901)
Frank Norris
15.47
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 279 (5.52 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 364 (4.20 points) | American Literature: 46 (3.51 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
42Mark as read.My Antonia (1918)
Willa Cather
15.46
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 253 (5.35 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 703 (5.12 points) | American Literature: 43 (3.42 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
43Mark as read.Babbitt (1922)
Sinclair Lewis
15.45
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 238 (5.25 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 519 (4.68 points) | American Literature: 53 (3.69 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
44Mark as read.Cane (1923)
Jean Toomer
15.44
Genre: Novel, Other

Google Scholar: 158 (4.60 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 492 (4.60 points) | American Literature: 24 (2.74 points) | American Literary History: 16 (3.49 points)
45Mark as read.Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
Willa Cather
15.41
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 339 (5.86 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 438 (4.44 points) | American Literature: 38 (3.27 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
46Mark as read.An American Tragedy (1925)
Theodore Dreiser
15.30
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 238 (5.25 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 403 (4.33 points) | American Literature: 39 (3.30 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
47Mark as read.The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
J. D. Salinger
14.86
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 1234 (8.64 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 196 (3.45 points) | American Literature: 15 (2.27 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
48Mark as read.For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
Ernest Hemingway
14.80
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 444 (6.37 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 445 (4.46 points) | American Literature: 35 (3.17 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
49Mark as read.Requiem for a Nun (1951)
William Faulkner
14.79
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 365 (6.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 308 (3.98 points) | American Literature: 32 (3.07 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
50Mark as read.Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
Kurt Vonnegut
14.75
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 781 (7.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 233 (3.65 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
51Mark as read.Herzog (1964)
Saul Bellow
14.64
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 201 (4.97 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 575 (4.82 points) | American Literature: 21 (2.60 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
52Mark as read.Ceremony (1977)
Leslie Marmon Silko
14.58*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus.
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 806 (7.62 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 360 (3.48 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus. | American Literature: 6 (1.11 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus. | American Literary History: 12 (2.37 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus.

N-gram Frequency Correction: -44.29%
53Mark as read.Look Homeward, Angel (1929)
Thomas Wolfe
14.46
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 288 (5.57 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 539 (4.73 points) | American Literature: 28 (2.91 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
54Mark as read.Winesburg, Ohio (1919)
Sherwood Anderson
14.43
Genre: Novel, Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 220 (5.12 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 362 (4.19 points) | American Literature: 32 (3.07 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
55Mark as read.The House on Mango Street (1984)
Sandra Cisneros
14.40
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 1037 (8.21 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 171 (3.30 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
56Mark as read.Main Street (1920)
Sinclair Lewis
14.31
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 172 (4.73 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 509 (4.65 points) | American Literature: 41 (3.36 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
57Mark as read.Catch-22 (1961)
Joseph Heller
14.17
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 710 (7.34 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 221 (3.59 points) | American Literature: 6 (1.50 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
58Mark as read.The Virginian (1902)
Owen Wister
14.09
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 219 (5.11 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 517 (4.67 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
59Mark as read.Quicksand (1928)
Nella Larsen
14.06
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 370 (6.02 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 253 (3.75 points) | American Literature: 8 (1.72 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
60Mark as read.Confessions of Nat Turner (1967)
William Styron
13.99
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 270 (5.46 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 187 (3.40 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
61Mark as read.Underworld (1997)
Don DeLillo
13.95
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Finalist (0.50 points) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 377 (6.06 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 241 (3.69 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 13 (3.20 points)
62Mark as read.Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912)
James Weldon Johnson
13.81
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 565 (6.86 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 154 (3.19 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 9 (2.72 points)
63Mark as read.Sophie's Choice (1979)
William Styron
13.77
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 350 (5.92 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 102 (2.78 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
64Mark as read.The Hamlet (1940)
William Faulkner
13.69
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 129 (4.30 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 517 (4.67 points) | American Literature: 45 (3.48 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
65Mark as read.Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953)
James Baldwin
13.69
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 310 (5.70 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 281 (3.87 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
66Mark as read.American Pastoral (1997)
Philip Roth
13.68
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 294 (5.61 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 270 (3.82 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
67Mark as read.The Call of the Wild (1903)
Jack London
13.63
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 294 (5.61 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 243 (3.70 points) | American Literature: 15 (2.27 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
68Mark as read.Meridian (1976)
Alice Walker
13.55
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 182 (4.82 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 331 (4.07 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 10 (2.85 points)
69Mark as read.Portnoy's Complaint (1969)
Philip Roth
13.53
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 546 (6.79 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 265 (3.80 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
70Mark as read.Arrowsmith (1925)
Sinclair Lewis
13.51
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 170 (4.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 250 (3.73 points) | American Literature: 19 (2.50 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
71Mark as read.This Side of Paradise (1920)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
13.50
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 231 (5.20 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 350 (4.15 points) | American Literature: 16 (2.33 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
72Mark as read.A Fable (1955)
William Faulkner
13.48
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 34 (2.69 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 404 (4.33 points) | American Literature: 52 (3.67 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
73Mark as read.The Sacred Fount (1901)
Henry James
13.43
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 65 (3.40 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 563 (4.79 points) | American Literature: 66 (3.99 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
74Mark as read.The Making of Americans (1925)
Gertrude Stein
13.42
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 182 (4.82 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 319 (4.03 points) | American Literature: 16 (2.33 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
75Mark as read.O Pioneers! (1913)
Willa Cather
13.29
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 161 (4.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 407 (4.34 points) | American Literature: 15 (2.27 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
76Mark as read.The Bell Jar (1963)
Sylvia Plath
13.25
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 534 (6.74 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 260 (3.78 points) | American Literature: 6 (1.50 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
77Mark as read.Miss Lonelyhearts (1933)
Nathanael West
13.22
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 256 (5.37 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 187 (3.40 points) | American Literature: 14 (2.20 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
78Mark as read.Pale Fire (1962)
Vladimir Nabokov
13.19
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 285 (5.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 466 (4.53 points) | American Literature: 5 (1.37 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
79Mark as read.Intruder in the Dust (1948)
William Faulkner
13.01
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 195 (4.92 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 310 (3.99 points) | American Literature: 15 (2.27 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
80Mark as read.The Day of the Locust (1939)
Nathanael West
12.92
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 256 (5.37 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 181 (3.36 points) | American Literature: 13 (2.13 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
81Mark as read.The Outsider (1953)
Richard Wright
12.87
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 104 (4.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 453 (4.49 points) | American Literature: 13 (2.13 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
82Mark as read.The Song of the Lark (1915)
Willa Cather
12.78
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 128 (4.29 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 340 (4.11 points) | American Literature: 16 (2.33 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
83Mark as read.Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974)
Robert M. Pirsig
12.70
Genre: Other

Google Scholar: 2820 (10.95 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 28 (1.75 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
84Mark as read.Tropic of Cancer (1934)
Henry Miller
12.70
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 301 (5.65 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 281 (3.87 points) | American Literature: 17 (2.39 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
85Mark as read.The Beast in the Jungle (1903)
Henry James
12.70
Genre: Novella

Google Scholar: 117 (4.16 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 459 (4.51 points) | American Literature: 37 (3.24 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
86Mark as read.Tar Baby (1981)
Toni Morrison
12.69
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 214 (5.07 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 330 (4.07 points) | American Literature: 6 (1.50 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
87Mark as read.The Adventures of Augie March (1953)
Saul Bellow
12.61
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 176 (4.76 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 236 (3.66 points) | American Literature: 7 (1.61 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
88Mark as read.The Moviegoer (1961)
Walker Percy
12.56
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 169 (4.70 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 219 (3.58 points) | American Literature: 8 (1.72 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
89Mark as read.U.S.A. (1938)
John Dos Passos
12.53
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 15 (1.94 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 616 (4.93 points) | American Literature: 37 (3.24 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
90Mark as read.Love Medicine (1984)
Louise Erdrich
12.52
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 289 (5.58 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 234 (3.65 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
91Mark as read.Almanac of the Dead (1991)
Leslie Marmon Silko
12.52
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 402 (6.18 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 140 (3.09 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 9 (2.72 points)
92Mark as read.Uncle Tom's Children (1938)
Richard Wright
12.48
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 121 (4.21 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 282 (3.88 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
93Mark as read.The Pit (1903)
Frank Norris
12.45
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 95 (3.88 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 187 (3.40 points) | American Literature: 24 (2.74 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
94Mark as read.House Made of Dawn (1968)
N. Scott Momaday
12.43
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 458 (6.43 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 246 (3.71 points) | American Literature: 6 (1.50 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
95Mark as read.Lost in the Funhouse (1968)
John Barth
12.43
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 340 (5.87 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 197 (3.46 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
96Mark as read.Mumbo Jumbo (1972)
Ishmael Reed
12.28
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 193 (4.91 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 220 (3.58 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
97Mark as read.Another Country (1962)
James Baldwin
12.26
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 161 (4.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 288 (3.90 points) | American Literature: 10 (1.90 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
98Mark as read.One of Ours (1922)
Willa Cather
12.26
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 57 (3.25 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 286 (3.89 points) | American Literature: 20 (2.55 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
99Mark as read.The Custom of the Country (1913)
Edith Wharton
12.17
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 102 (3.98 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 356 (4.17 points) | American Literature: 25 (2.79 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
100Mark as read.The Last Tycoon (1941)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
12.16
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 77 (3.61 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 254 (3.75 points) | American Literature: 20 (2.55 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)

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