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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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AMERICAN FICTION 1906

# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.The JungleUpton Sinclair190615.61
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 769 (7.52 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 261 (3.78 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
2Mark as read.White FangJack London19068.40
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 39 (2.83 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 122 (2.96 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
3Mark as read.Lady BaltimoreOwen Wister19064.34
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 6 (1.28 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 54 (2.23 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
4Mark as read.The Wheel of LifeEllen Glasgow19062.87
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 9 (1.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 14 (1.32 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
5Mark as read.The Joyous MiracleFrank Norris19061.73
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 2 (0.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 2 (0.50 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
# Score
1Mark as read.The Jungle (1906)
Upton Sinclair
15.61
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 769 (7.52 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 261 (3.78 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 6 (2.25 points)
2Mark as read.White Fang (1906)
Jack London
8.40
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 39 (2.83 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 122 (2.96 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
3Mark as read.Lady Baltimore (1906)
Owen Wister
4.34
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 6 (1.28 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 54 (2.23 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
4Mark as read.The Wheel of Life (1906)
Ellen Glasgow
2.87
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 9 (1.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 14 (1.32 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
5Mark as read.The Joyous Miracle (1906)
Frank Norris
1.73
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 2 (0.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 2 (0.50 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)

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