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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.To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee196015.98
2Mark as read.The Sot-Weed FactorJohn Barth196010.25
3Mark as read.The Violent Bear It AwayFlannery O'Connor196010.15
4Mark as read.Rabbit, RunJohn Updike19608.49
5Mark as read.A Separate PeaceJohn Knowles19608.15
6Mark as read.A Canticle for LeibowitzWalter M. Miller, Jr.19607.81
7Mark as read.Set This House on FireWilliam Styron19607.20
8Mark as read.Visions of CodyJack Kerouac19606.73
9Mark as read.Welcome to Hard TimesE. L. Doctorow19605.80
10Mark as read.Ceremony in Lone TreeWright Morris19605.75
11Mark as read.NexusHenry Miller19605.26
12Mark as read.Lonesome TravelerJack Kerouac19604.84
13Mark as read.The Light in the PiazzaElizabeth Spencer19604.35
14Mark as read.The Child BuyerJohn Hersey19603.93
15Mark as read.Nathan CoulterWendell Berry19603.89
16Mark as read.TristessaJack Kerouac19603.59
17Mark as read.Book of DreamsJack Kerouac19603.58
18Mark as read.Bid Me To LiveH. D.19603.32
19Mark as read.Collected Short StoriesConrad Aiken19602.70
20Mark as read.Generation Without FarewellKay Boyle19602.36
21Mark as read.The House of Five TalentsLouis Auchincloss19601.97
22Mark as read.TraskDon Berry19601.02
# Score
1Mark as read.To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
Harper Lee
15.98
2Mark as read.The Sot-Weed Factor (1960)
John Barth
10.25
3Mark as read.The Violent Bear It Away (1960)
Flannery O'Connor
10.15
4Mark as read.Rabbit, Run (1960)
John Updike
8.49
5Mark as read.A Separate Peace (1960)
John Knowles
8.15
6Mark as read.A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960)
Walter M. Miller, Jr.
7.81
7Mark as read.Set This House on Fire (1960)
William Styron
7.20
8Mark as read.Visions of Cody (1960)
Jack Kerouac
6.73
9Mark as read.Welcome to Hard Times (1960)
E. L. Doctorow
5.80
10Mark as read.Ceremony in Lone Tree (1960)
Wright Morris
5.75
11Mark as read.Nexus (1960)
Henry Miller
5.26
12Mark as read.Lonesome Traveler (1960)
Jack Kerouac
4.84
13Mark as read.The Light in the Piazza (1960)
Elizabeth Spencer
4.35
14Mark as read.The Child Buyer (1960)
John Hersey
3.93
15Mark as read.Nathan Coulter (1960)
Wendell Berry
3.89
16Mark as read.Tristessa (1960)
Jack Kerouac
3.59
17Mark as read.Book of Dreams (1960)
Jack Kerouac
3.58
18Mark as read.Bid Me To Live (1960)
H. D.
3.32
19Mark as read.Collected Short Stories (1960)
Conrad Aiken
2.70
20Mark as read.Generation Without Farewell (1960)
Kay Boyle
2.36
21Mark as read.The House of Five Talents (1960)
Louis Auchincloss
1.97
22Mark as read.Trask (1960)
Don Berry
1.02

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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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