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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|1||▽Mark as read.||Looking Backward||Edward Bellamy||1888||19.12|
|2||▽Mark as read.||The Aspern Papers||Henry James||1888||11.80|
|3||▽Mark as read.||The Lesson of the Master||Henry James||1888||8.99|
|4||▽Mark as read.||The Reverberator||Henry James||1888||7.45|
|5||▽Mark as read.||The Hidden Hand||E. D. E. N. Southworth||1888||6.85|
|6||▽Mark as read.||A London Life||Henry James||1888||4.13|
|7||▽Mark as read.||Mark Twain's Library of Humor||Mark Twain||1888||3.68|
|8||▽Mark as read.||John Ward, Preacher||Margaret Deland||1888||3.06|
|9||▽Mark as read.||To Whom This May Come||Edward Bellamy||1888||2.55|
|1||▽Mark as read.||Looking Backward (1888)|
|2||▽Mark as read.||The Aspern Papers (1888)|
|3||▽Mark as read.||The Lesson of the Master (1888)|
|4||▽Mark as read.||The Reverberator (1888)|
|5||▽Mark as read.||The Hidden Hand (1888)|
E. D. E. N. Southworth
|6||▽Mark as read.||A London Life (1888)|
|7||▽Mark as read.||Mark Twain's Library of Humor (1888)|
|8||▽Mark as read.||John Ward, Preacher (1888)|
|9||▽Mark as read.||To Whom This May Come (1888)|