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METACANON 0.7

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).

Metacanon 0.7 is limited primarily to American fiction after 1800, but future updates will expand to include other areas, genres, and periods.

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# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.Miss LonelyheartsNathanael West193313.22
2Mark as read.Human NatureEdith Wharton19338.81
3Mark as read.To a God UnknownJohn Steinbeck19337.23
4Mark as read.The Red PonyJohn Steinbeck19337.11
5Mark as read.God's Little AcreErskine Caldwell19337.04
6Mark as read.The DisinheritedJack Conroy19337.02
7Mark as read.Banana BottomClaude McKay19336.80
8Mark as read.Winner Take NothingErnest Hemingway19336.47
9Mark as read.Imitation of LifeFannie Hurst19335.93
10Mark as read.Comedy, American StyleJessie Fauset19335.85
11Mark as read.SonsPearl S. Buck19335.02
12Mark as read.South Moon UnderMarjorie Kinnan Rawlings19334.59
13Mark as read.Company KWilliam March19334.55
14Mark as read.Lamb in His BosomCaroline Miller19333.91
15Mark as read.We Are the LivingErskine Caldwell19333.78
16Mark as read.As the Earth TurnsGladys Hasty Carroll19333.69
17Mark as read.Ann VickersSinclair Lewis19333.62
18Mark as read.Great CircleConrad Aiken19333.18
19Mark as read.Anthony AdverseHervey Allen19333.14
20Mark as read.The Last AdamJames Gould Cozzens19332.84
21Mark as read.Death in the Woods and Other StoriesSherwood Anderson19332.38
# Score
1Mark as read.Miss Lonelyhearts (1933)
Nathanael West
13.22
2Mark as read.Human Nature (1933)
Edith Wharton
8.81
3Mark as read.To a God Unknown (1933)
John Steinbeck
7.23
4Mark as read.The Red Pony (1933)
John Steinbeck
7.11
5Mark as read.God's Little Acre (1933)
Erskine Caldwell
7.04
6Mark as read.The Disinherited (1933)
Jack Conroy
7.02
7Mark as read.Banana Bottom (1933)
Claude McKay
6.80
8Mark as read.Winner Take Nothing (1933)
Ernest Hemingway
6.47
9Mark as read.Imitation of Life (1933)
Fannie Hurst
5.93
10Mark as read.Comedy, American Style (1933)
Jessie Fauset
5.85
11Mark as read.Sons (1933)
Pearl S. Buck
5.02
12Mark as read.South Moon Under (1933)
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
4.59
13Mark as read.Company K (1933)
William March
4.55
14Mark as read.Lamb in His Bosom (1933)
Caroline Miller
3.91
15Mark as read.We Are the Living (1933)
Erskine Caldwell
3.78
16Mark as read.As the Earth Turns (1933)
Gladys Hasty Carroll
3.69
17Mark as read.Ann Vickers (1933)
Sinclair Lewis
3.62
18Mark as read.Great Circle (1933)
Conrad Aiken
3.18
19Mark as read.Anthony Adverse (1933)
Hervey Allen
3.14
20Mark as read.The Last Adam (1933)
James Gould Cozzens
2.84
21Mark as read.Death in the Woods and Other Stories (1933)
Sherwood Anderson
2.38

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Titles consisting of words or phrases that are exceedingly common in the English language corpus (such as Stephen King's It or Joyce Carol Oates's them) tend to be overrepresented in search results, thus resulting in an articially inflated citation count. To counteract this tendency, Metacanon adjusts the scores for these works accordingly. Scores subjected to n-gram frequency correction are estimates only and are marked with an asterisk. N-gram freqencies are drawn from the Corpus of Contemporary American English, a project created by Mark Davies.


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