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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 1911

# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.Ethan FromeEdith Wharton191111.94
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 68 (3.46 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 429 (4.41 points) | American Literature: 26 (2.83 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
2Mark as read.Jennie GerhardtTheodore Dreiser19119.70
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 33 (2.66 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 266 (3.80 points) | American Literature: 18 (2.44 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
3Mark as read.The OutcryHenry James19117.34
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 10 (1.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 171 (3.30 points) | American Literature: 7 (1.61 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
4Mark as read.The Secret GardenFrances Hodgson Burnett19116.13
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 61 (3.33 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 104 (2.80 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
5Mark as read.Moving the MountainCharlotte Perkins Gilman19113.98
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 19 (2.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 32 (1.84 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
6Mark as read.South Sea TalesJack London19113.64
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 17 (2.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 22 (1.59 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
7Mark as read.The Daring TwinsL. Frank Baum19110.77
Genre: Novel, Other

Google Scholar: 1 (0.45 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1 (0.32 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
# Score
1Mark as read.Ethan Frome (1911)
Edith Wharton
11.94
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 68 (3.46 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 429 (4.41 points) | American Literature: 26 (2.83 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
2Mark as read.Jennie Gerhardt (1911)
Theodore Dreiser
9.70
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 33 (2.66 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 266 (3.80 points) | American Literature: 18 (2.44 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
3Mark as read.The Outcry (1911)
Henry James
7.34
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 10 (1.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 171 (3.30 points) | American Literature: 7 (1.61 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
4Mark as read.The Secret Garden (1911)
Frances Hodgson Burnett
6.13
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 61 (3.33 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 104 (2.80 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
5Mark as read.Moving the Mountain (1911)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
3.98
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 19 (2.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 32 (1.84 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
6Mark as read.South Sea Tales (1911)
Jack London
3.64
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 17 (2.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 22 (1.59 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
7Mark as read.The Daring Twins (1911)
L. Frank Baum
0.77
Genre: Novel, Other

Google Scholar: 1 (0.45 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1 (0.32 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)

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