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.
Use the menu below to generate your own version of the canon.
|1||▽Mark as read.||Little Men||Louisa May Alcott||1871||12.21|
|2||▽Mark as read.||Watch and Ward||Henry James||1871||8.47|
|3||▽Mark as read.||The Hoosier Schoolmaster||Edward Eggleston||1871||8.25|
|4||▽Mark as read.||A Passionate Pilgrim||Henry James||1871||7.15|
|5||▽Mark as read.||Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance||Mark Twain||1871||0.82|
|1||▽Mark as read.||Little Men (1871)|
Louisa May Alcott
|2||▽Mark as read.||Watch and Ward (1871)|
|3||▽Mark as read.||The Hoosier Schoolmaster (1871)|
|4||▽Mark as read.||A Passionate Pilgrim (1871)|
|5||▽Mark as read.||Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance (1871)|