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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.Sophie's ChoiceWilliam Styron197913.77
2Mark as read.LETTERSJohn Barth197910.68
3Mark as read.KindredOctavia Butler197910.15
4Mark as read.Just Above My HeadJames Baldwin19798.90
5Mark as read.The Stories of John CheeverJohn Cheever19797.99
6Mark as read.SuttreeCormac McCarthy19797.37
7Mark as read.Collected StoriesPaul Bowles19796.94
8Mark as read.The Death of Jim LoneyJames Welch19796.35
9Mark as read.The Ghost WriterPhillip Roth19795.98
10Mark as read.Tales of Nevčr˙onSamuel R. Delany19795.04
11Mark as read.UmbertinaHelen Barolini19795.00
12Mark as read.Miss MacIntosh, My DarlingMarguerite Young19794.81
13Mark as read.Mulligan StewGilbert Sorrentino19794.79
14Mark as read.HomebaseShawn Wong19794.58
15Mark as read.Dubin's LivesBernard Malamud19794.36
16Mark as read.Of This Time, of That Place and Other StoriesLionel Trilling19794.03
17Mark as read.Legends of the FallJim Harrison19793.92
18Mark as read.Anastasia KrupnikLois Lowry19793.88
19Mark as read.Sleepless NightsElizabeth Hardwick19793.86
20Mark as read.Da Vinci's BicycleGuy Davenport19793.65
21Mark as read.Violet ClayGail Godwin19793.63
22Mark as read.TortugaRudolfo Anaya19793.39
23Mark as read.Flowers in the AtticV. C. Andrews19793.38
24Mark as read.RushesJohn Rechy19793.36
25Mark as read.The Chauvinist and Other StoriesToshio Mori19793.00
26Mark as read.Vision QuestTerry Davis19792.54
27Mark as read.Love, Etc.Bel Kaufman19790.32
28Mark as read.Hot SleepOrson Scott Card19790.00
# Score
1Mark as read.Sophie's Choice (1979)
William Styron
13.77
2Mark as read.LETTERS (1979)
John Barth
10.68
3Mark as read.Kindred (1979)
Octavia Butler
10.15
4Mark as read.Just Above My Head (1979)
James Baldwin
8.90
5Mark as read.The Stories of John Cheever (1979)
John Cheever
7.99
6Mark as read.Suttree (1979)
Cormac McCarthy
7.37
7Mark as read.Collected Stories (1979)
Paul Bowles
6.94
8Mark as read.The Death of Jim Loney (1979)
James Welch
6.35
9Mark as read.The Ghost Writer (1979)
Phillip Roth
5.98
10Mark as read.Tales of Nevčr˙on (1979)
Samuel R. Delany
5.04
11Mark as read.Umbertina (1979)
Helen Barolini
5.00
12Mark as read.Miss MacIntosh, My Darling (1979)
Marguerite Young
4.81
13Mark as read.Mulligan Stew (1979)
Gilbert Sorrentino
4.79
14Mark as read.Homebase (1979)
Shawn Wong
4.58
15Mark as read.Dubin's Lives (1979)
Bernard Malamud
4.36
16Mark as read.Of This Time, of That Place and Other Stories (1979)
Lionel Trilling
4.03
17Mark as read.Legends of the Fall (1979)
Jim Harrison
3.92
18Mark as read.Anastasia Krupnik (1979)
Lois Lowry
3.88
19Mark as read.Sleepless Nights (1979)
Elizabeth Hardwick
3.86
20Mark as read.Da Vinci's Bicycle (1979)
Guy Davenport
3.65
21Mark as read.Violet Clay (1979)
Gail Godwin
3.63
22Mark as read.Tortuga (1979)
Rudolfo Anaya
3.39
23Mark as read.Flowers in the Attic (1979)
V. C. Andrews
3.38
24Mark as read.Rushes (1979)
John Rechy
3.36
25Mark as read.The Chauvinist and Other Stories (1979)
Toshio Mori
3.00
26Mark as read.Vision Quest (1979)
Terry Davis
2.54
27Mark as read.Love, Etc. (1979)
Bel Kaufman
0.32
28Mark as read.Hot Sleep (1979)
Orson Scott Card
0.00

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