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.||Washington Square||Henry James||1880||15.35|
|2||▽Mark as read.||The Grandissimes||George Washington Cable||1880||11.33|
|3||▽Mark as read.||Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings||Joel Chandler Harris||1880||8.42|
|4||▽Mark as read.||Democracy: An American Novel||Henry Adams||1880||6.82|
|5||▽Mark as read.||Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ||Lew Wallace||1880||6.17|
|1||▽Mark as read.||Washington Square (1880)|
|2||▽Mark as read.||The Grandissimes (1880)|
George Washington Cable
|3||▽Mark as read.||Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings (1880)|
Joel Chandler Harris
|4||▽Mark as read.||Democracy: An American Novel (1880)|
|5||▽Mark as read.||Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ (1880)|