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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.Almanac of the DeadLeslie Marmon Silko199112.52
2Mark as read.Bastard Out of CarolinaDorothy Allison199110.84
3Mark as read.Mao IIDon DeLillo199110.82
4Mark as read.Dreaming in CubanCristina Garcia199110.79
5Mark as read.American PsychoBret Easton Ellis199110.79
6Mark as read.Woman Hollering CreekSandra Cisneros199110.54
7Mark as read.How the Garcia Girls Lost Their AccentsJulia Alvarez19919.82
8Mark as read.A Thousand AcresJane Smiley19918.66
9Mark as read.The Heirs of ColumbusGerald Vizenor19918.49
10Mark as read.Donald DukFrank Chin19917.87
11Mark as read.LilaRobert M. Pirsig19917.01
12Mark as read.Typical AmericanGish Jen19916.99
13Mark as read.The Kitchen God's WifeAmy Tan19916.51
14Mark as read.Cracking IndiaBapsi Sidhwa19915.66
15Mark as read.The Crown of ColumbusLouise Erdrich19915.20
16Mark as read.Harlot's GhostNorman Mailer19915.01
17Mark as read.The Sweet HereafterRussell Banks19914.97
18Mark as read.The Miraculous Day of Amalia GomezJohn Rechy19914.85
19Mark as read.The Last Voyage of Somebody the SailorJohn Barth19914.54
20Mark as read.MatingNorman Rush19914.51
21Mark as read.A Red DeathWalter Mosley19914.48
22Mark as read.Two Girls, Fat and ThinMary Gaitskill19913.92
23Mark as read.Pinocchio in VeniceRobert Coover19913.82
24Mark as read.Outerbridge ReachRobert Stone19913.80
25Mark as read.XenocideOrson Scott Card19913.70
26Mark as read.Lost in the CityEdward P. Jones19913.47
27Mark as read.He, She and ItMarge Piercy19913.20
28Mark as read.Ripley Under WaterPatricia Highsmith19912.51
29Mark as read.The RiverGary Paulsen19912.38
30Mark as read.AntoniettaJohn Hersey19911.61
31Mark as read.JerniganDavid Gates19911.58
32Mark as read.The Autobiography of My BodyDavid Guy19911.44
33Mark as read.Something to Remember Me BySaul Bellow19911.36
34Mark as read.The Middle KingdomAndrea Barrett19910.63
# Score
1Mark as read.Almanac of the Dead (1991)
Leslie Marmon Silko
12.52
2Mark as read.Bastard Out of Carolina (1991)
Dorothy Allison
10.84
3Mark as read.Mao II (1991)
Don DeLillo
10.82
4Mark as read.Dreaming in Cuban (1991)
Cristina Garcia
10.79
5Mark as read.American Psycho (1991)
Bret Easton Ellis
10.79
6Mark as read.Woman Hollering Creek (1991)
Sandra Cisneros
10.54
7Mark as read.How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (1991)
Julia Alvarez
9.82
8Mark as read.A Thousand Acres (1991)
Jane Smiley
8.66
9Mark as read.The Heirs of Columbus (1991)
Gerald Vizenor
8.49
10Mark as read.Donald Duk (1991)
Frank Chin
7.87
11Mark as read.Lila (1991)
Robert M. Pirsig
7.01
12Mark as read.Typical American (1991)
Gish Jen
6.99
13Mark as read.The Kitchen God's Wife (1991)
Amy Tan
6.51
14Mark as read.Cracking India (1991)
Bapsi Sidhwa
5.66
15Mark as read.The Crown of Columbus (1991)
Louise Erdrich
5.20
16Mark as read.Harlot's Ghost (1991)
Norman Mailer
5.01
17Mark as read.The Sweet Hereafter (1991)
Russell Banks
4.97
18Mark as read.The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez (1991)
John Rechy
4.85
19Mark as read.The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor (1991)
John Barth
4.54
20Mark as read.Mating (1991)
Norman Rush
4.51
21Mark as read.A Red Death (1991)
Walter Mosley
4.48
22Mark as read.Two Girls, Fat and Thin (1991)
Mary Gaitskill
3.92
23Mark as read.Pinocchio in Venice (1991)
Robert Coover
3.82
24Mark as read.Outerbridge Reach (1991)
Robert Stone
3.80
25Mark as read.Xenocide (1991)
Orson Scott Card
3.70
26Mark as read.Lost in the City (1991)
Edward P. Jones
3.47
27Mark as read.He, She and It (1991)
Marge Piercy
3.20
28Mark as read.Ripley Under Water (1991)
Patricia Highsmith
2.51
29Mark as read.The River (1991)
Gary Paulsen
2.38
30Mark as read.Antonietta (1991)
John Hersey
1.61
31Mark as read.Jernigan (1991)
David Gates
1.58
32Mark as read.The Autobiography of My Body (1991)
David Guy
1.44
33Mark as read.Something to Remember Me By (1991)
Saul Bellow
1.36
34Mark as read.The Middle Kingdom (1991)
Andrea Barrett
0.63

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