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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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AMERICAN FICTION 1903

# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.The AmbassadorsHenry James190319.76
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 268 (5.45 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1555 (6.47 points) | American Literature: 163 (5.42 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
2Mark as read.The Call of the WildJack London190313.63
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 294 (5.61 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 243 (3.70 points) | American Literature: 15 (2.27 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
3Mark as read.The Beast in the JungleHenry James190312.70
Genre: Novella

Google Scholar: 117 (4.16 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 459 (4.51 points) | American Literature: 37 (3.24 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
4Mark as read.The PitFrank Norris190312.45
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 95 (3.88 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 187 (3.40 points) | American Literature: 24 (2.74 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
5Mark as read.SanctuaryEdith Wharton19039.25
Genre: Novella

Google Scholar: 5 (1.17 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 315 (4.01 points) | American Literature: 19 (2.50 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
6Mark as read.Of One BloodPauline Hopkins19039.05
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 58 (3.27 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 108 (2.84 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
7Mark as read.Rebecca of Sunnybrook FarmKate Douglas Wiggin19036.47
Genre: Novel, Other

Google Scholar: 63 (3.37 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 60 (2.32 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
8Mark as read.The Log of a CowboyAndy Adams19036.34
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 77 (3.61 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 96 (2.73 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
9Mark as read.The Descent of ManEdith Wharton19036.32
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 12 (1.77 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 66 (2.40 points) | American Literature: 5 (1.37 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
10Mark as read.A Daughter of the SnowsJack London19034.42
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 18 (2.09 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 30 (1.79 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
11Mark as read.WinonaPauline Hopkins19033.94
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 8 (1.47 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 72 (2.47 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
12Mark as read.A Deal in WheatFrank Norris19033.86
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 6 (1.28 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 28 (1.75 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
13Mark as read.The Kempton-Wace LettersJack London19033.73
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 3 (0.90 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 23 (1.62 points) | American Literature: 4 (1.22 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
14Mark as read.The Hermit and the Wild WomanEdith Wharton19033.19
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 4 (1.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 23 (1.62 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
15Mark as read.Questionable ShapesWilliam Dean Howells19032.93
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 4 (1.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 15 (1.36 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
16Mark as read.Letters of a Self-Made Merchant to His SonGeorge Horace Lorimer19032.38
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 14 (1.89 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 2 (0.50 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
17Mark as read.The One WomanThomas Dixon19031.52
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 3 (0.90 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 3 (0.63 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
# Score
1Mark as read.The Ambassadors (1903)
Henry James
19.76
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 268 (5.45 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1555 (6.47 points) | American Literature: 163 (5.42 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
2Mark as read.The Call of the Wild (1903)
Jack London
13.63
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 294 (5.61 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 243 (3.70 points) | American Literature: 15 (2.27 points) | American Literary History: 5 (2.05 points)
3Mark as read.The Beast in the Jungle (1903)
Henry James
12.70
Genre: Novella

Google Scholar: 117 (4.16 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 459 (4.51 points) | American Literature: 37 (3.24 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
4Mark as read.The Pit (1903)
Frank Norris
12.45
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 95 (3.88 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 187 (3.40 points) | American Literature: 24 (2.74 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
5Mark as read.Sanctuary (1903)
Edith Wharton
9.25
Genre: Novella

Google Scholar: 5 (1.17 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 315 (4.01 points) | American Literature: 19 (2.50 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
6Mark as read.Of One Blood (1903)
Pauline Hopkins
9.05
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 58 (3.27 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 108 (2.84 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
7Mark as read.Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903)
Kate Douglas Wiggin
6.47
Genre: Novel, Other

Google Scholar: 63 (3.37 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 60 (2.32 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
8Mark as read.The Log of a Cowboy (1903)
Andy Adams
6.34
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 77 (3.61 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 96 (2.73 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
9Mark as read.The Descent of Man (1903)
Edith Wharton
6.32
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 12 (1.77 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 66 (2.40 points) | American Literature: 5 (1.37 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
10Mark as read.A Daughter of the Snows (1903)
Jack London
4.42
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 18 (2.09 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 30 (1.79 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
11Mark as read.Winona (1903)
Pauline Hopkins
3.94
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 8 (1.47 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 72 (2.47 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
12Mark as read.A Deal in Wheat (1903)
Frank Norris
3.86
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 6 (1.28 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 28 (1.75 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
13Mark as read.The Kempton-Wace Letters (1903)
Jack London
3.73
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 3 (0.90 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 23 (1.62 points) | American Literature: 4 (1.22 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
14Mark as read.The Hermit and the Wild Woman (1903)
Edith Wharton
3.19
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 4 (1.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 23 (1.62 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
15Mark as read.Questionable Shapes (1903)
William Dean Howells
2.93
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 4 (1.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 15 (1.36 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
16Mark as read.Letters of a Self-Made Merchant to His Son (1903)
George Horace Lorimer
2.38
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 14 (1.89 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 2 (0.50 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
17Mark as read.The One Woman (1903)
Thomas Dixon
1.52
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 3 (0.90 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 3 (0.63 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)

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