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).
Metacanon 0.7 is limited primarily to American fiction after 1800, but future updates will expand to include other areas, genres, and periods.
Use the menu below to generate your own version of the canon.
|1||◯Mark as read.||Sister Carrie||Theodore Dreiser||1900||17.31|
|2||◯Mark as read.||Contending Forces||Pauline Hopkins||1900||11.53|
|3||◯Mark as read.||The Wonderful Wizard of Oz||L. Frank Baum||1900||11.43|
|4||◯Mark as read.||The House Behind the Cedars||Charles Chesnutt||1900||10.27|
|5||◯Mark as read.||The Touchstone||Edith Wharton||1900||7.00|
|6||◯Mark as read.||To Have and to Hold||Mary Johnston||1900||5.44|
|7||◯Mark as read.||Alice of Old Vincennes||Maurice Thompson||1900||5.09|
|8||◯Mark as read.||A Man's Woman||Frank Norris||1900||4.93|
|9||◯Mark as read.||Unleavened Bread||Robert Grant||1900||3.93|
|10||◯Mark as read.||Web of Life||Robert Herrick||1900||3.78|
|1||◯Mark as read.||Sister Carrie (1900)|
|2||◯Mark as read.||Contending Forces (1900)|
|3||◯Mark as read.||The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)|
L. Frank Baum
|4||◯Mark as read.||The House Behind the Cedars (1900)|
|5||◯Mark as read.||The Touchstone (1900)|
|6||◯Mark as read.||To Have and to Hold (1900)|
|7||◯Mark as read.||Alice of Old Vincennes (1900)|
|8||◯Mark as read.||A Man's Woman (1900)|
|9||◯Mark as read.||Unleavened Bread (1900)|
|10||◯Mark as read.||Web of Life (1900)|