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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.Invisible ManRalph Ellison195226.15
2Mark as read.The Old Man and the SeaErnest Hemingway195216.84
3Mark as read.Wise BloodFlannery O'Connor195211.54
4Mark as read.Charlotte's WebE. B. White195210.86
5Mark as read.East of EdenJohn Steinbeck195210.71
6Mark as read.The NaturalBernard Malamud195210.59
7Mark as read.Player PianoKurt Vonnegut19529.09
8Mark as read.UshantConrad Aiken19526.85
9Mark as read.Laughing to Keep from CryingLangston Hughes19525.55
10Mark as read.The Demolished ManAlfred Bester19525.32
11Mark as read.Let It Come DownPaul Bowles19524.91
12Mark as read.The Killer Inside MeJim Thompson19524.82
13Mark as read.The Build-UpWilliam Carlos Williams19524.30
14Mark as read.The Price of SaltPatricia Highsmith19524.29
15Mark as read.District of ColumbiaJohn Dos Passos19523.99
16Mark as read.The Catherine WheelJean Stafford19523.69
17Mark as read.ShilohShelby Foote19523.45
18Mark as read.Winds of MorningH. L. Davis19522.14
19Mark as read.Jefferson SelleckCarl Jonas19521.70
20Mark as read.CityClifford D. Simak19521.46
21Mark as read.Many MansionsIsabel Bolton19521.13
22Mark as read.The LandsmanPeter Martin19520.82
23Mark as read.The Gathering DarknessThomas Gallagher19520.50
# Score
1Mark as read.Invisible Man (1952)
Ralph Ellison
26.15
2Mark as read.The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
Ernest Hemingway
16.84
3Mark as read.Wise Blood (1952)
Flannery O'Connor
11.54
4Mark as read.Charlotte's Web (1952)
E. B. White
10.86
5Mark as read.East of Eden (1952)
John Steinbeck
10.71
6Mark as read.The Natural (1952)
Bernard Malamud
10.59
7Mark as read.Player Piano (1952)
Kurt Vonnegut
9.09
8Mark as read.Ushant (1952)
Conrad Aiken
6.85
9Mark as read.Laughing to Keep from Crying (1952)
Langston Hughes
5.55
10Mark as read.The Demolished Man (1952)
Alfred Bester
5.32
11Mark as read.Let It Come Down (1952)
Paul Bowles
4.91
12Mark as read.The Killer Inside Me (1952)
Jim Thompson
4.82
13Mark as read.The Build-Up (1952)
William Carlos Williams
4.30
14Mark as read.The Price of Salt (1952)
Patricia Highsmith
4.29
15Mark as read.District of Columbia (1952)
John Dos Passos
3.99
16Mark as read.The Catherine Wheel (1952)
Jean Stafford
3.69
17Mark as read.Shiloh (1952)
Shelby Foote
3.45
18Mark as read.Winds of Morning (1952)
H. L. Davis
2.14
19Mark as read.Jefferson Selleck (1952)
Carl Jonas
1.70
20Mark as read.City (1952)
Clifford D. Simak
1.46
21Mark as read.Many Mansions (1952)
Isabel Bolton
1.13
22Mark as read.The Landsman (1952)
Peter Martin
0.82
23Mark as read.The Gathering Darkness (1952)
Thomas Gallagher
0.50

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N-gram Frequency Correction.

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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