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.||My Antonia||Willa Cather||1918||15.46|
|2||◯Mark as read.||The Magnificent Ambersons||Booth Tarkington||1918||6.32|
|3||◯Mark as read.||The Marne||Edith Wharton||1918||4.00|
|4||◯Mark as read.||Free and Other Stories||Theodore Dreiser||1918||3.75|
|5||◯Mark as read.||The Tin Woodman of Oz||L. Frank Baum||1918||2.86|
|6||◯Mark as read.||The Warlord of Mars||Edgar Rice Burroughs||1918||2.66|
|1||◯Mark as read.||My Antonia (1918)|
|2||◯Mark as read.||The Magnificent Ambersons (1918)|
|3||◯Mark as read.||The Marne (1918)|
|4||◯Mark as read.||Free and Other Stories (1918)|
|5||◯Mark as read.||The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)|
L. Frank Baum
|6||◯Mark as read.||The Warlord of Mars (1918)|
Edgar Rice Burroughs