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.||The Golden Bowl||Henry James||1904||19.40|
|2||◯Mark as read.||The Sea Wolf||Jack London||1904||10.75|
|3||◯Mark as read.||Cabbages and Kings||O. Henry||1904||5.12|
|4||◯Mark as read.||The Marvelous Land of Oz||L. Frank Baum||1904||3.98|
|5||◯Mark as read.||Son of Royal Langbrith||William Dean Howells||1904||3.88|
|6||◯Mark as read.||A Texas Matchmaker||Andy Adams||1904||2.24|
|1||◯Mark as read.||The Golden Bowl (1904)|
|2||◯Mark as read.||The Sea Wolf (1904)|
|3||◯Mark as read.||Cabbages and Kings (1904)|
|4||◯Mark as read.||The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)|
L. Frank Baum
|5||◯Mark as read.||Son of Royal Langbrith (1904)|
William Dean Howells
|6||◯Mark as read.||A Texas Matchmaker (1904)|