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.||Three Soldiers||John Dos Passos||1921||8.41|
|2||▽Mark as read.||The Triumph of the Egg||Sherwood Anderson||1921||8.10|
|3||▽Mark as read.||American Indian Stories||Zitkala-Sa||1921||6.28|
|4||▽Mark as read.||Alice Adams||Booth Tarkington||1921||5.88|
|5||▽Mark as read.||Flappers and Philosophers||F. Scott Fitzgerald||1921||3.89|
|6||▽Mark as read.||The Royal Book of Oz||Ruth Plumly Thompson||1921||1.63|
|1||▽Mark as read.||Three Soldiers (1921)|
John Dos Passos
|2||▽Mark as read.||The Triumph of the Egg (1921)|
|3||▽Mark as read.||American Indian Stories (1921)|
|4||▽Mark as read.||Alice Adams (1921)|
|5||▽Mark as read.||Flappers and Philosophers (1921)|
F. Scott Fitzgerald
|6||▽Mark as read.||The Royal Book of Oz (1921)|
Ruth Plumly Thompson