metacanon logo
METACANON 0.7
about
statistics
blog
login
metacanon logo
METACANON 0.7

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.

Use the menu below to generate your own version of the canon.

Presets:

19th Century
20th Century
1800 - Present
New York Times Archive

Custom



Include only:

Show More Options

Include only works published between and .

Althorithm Modifications

Change the weight of these data points in order to change the shape of your canon.









AMERICAN FICTION 1938

# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.U.S.A.John Dos Passos193812.53
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 15 (1.94 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 616 (4.93 points) | American Literature: 37 (3.24 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
2Mark as read.Uncle Tom's ChildrenRichard Wright193812.48
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 121 (4.21 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 282 (3.88 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
3Mark as read.The UnvanquishedWilliam Faulkner193811.15
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 82 (3.69 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 264 (3.80 points) | American Literature: 27 (2.87 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
4Mark as read.The YearlingMarjorie Kinnan Rawlings19388.72
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 42 (2.91 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 104 (2.80 points) | American Literature: 4 (1.22 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
5Mark as read.Johnny Got His GunDalton Trumbo19386.93
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 103 (3.99 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 23 (1.62 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
6Mark as read.In Dreams Begin ResponsibilitiesDelmore Schwartz19386.50
Genre: Collection of Short Stories, Other

Google Scholar: 48 (3.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 89 (2.66 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
7Mark as read.AnthemAyn Rand 19386.13
Genre: Novella

Google Scholar: 77 (3.61 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 76 (2.52 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
8Mark as read.The Long ValleyJohn Steinbeck19385.68
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 28 (2.50 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 89 (2.66 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
9Mark as read.The BuccaneersEdith Wharton19385.64
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 12 (1.77 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 89 (2.66 points) | American Literature: 4 (1.22 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
10Mark as read.Young Man with a HornDorothy Baker19385.36
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 33 (2.66 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 18 (1.47 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
11Mark as read.The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine StoriesErnest Hemingway19384.92
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 35 (2.72 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 25 (1.67 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
12Mark as read.Fast and LooseEdith Wharton19384.71
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 5 (1.17 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 50 (2.17 points) | American Literature: 5 (1.37 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
13Mark as read.Wait Until Spring, BandiniJohn Fante19383.91
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 32 (2.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 13 (1.28 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
14Mark as read.All This and Heaven TooRachel Field19382.96
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 12 (1.77 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 11 (1.19 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
15Mark as read.The Prodigal ParentsSinclair Lewis19382.67
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 2 (0.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 17 (1.43 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
16Mark as read.The Potter's HouseWallace Stegner19380.63
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 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.U.S.A. (1938)
John Dos Passos
12.53
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 15 (1.94 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 616 (4.93 points) | American Literature: 37 (3.24 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
2Mark as read.Uncle Tom's Children (1938)
Richard Wright
12.48
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 121 (4.21 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 282 (3.88 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 8 (2.58 points)
3Mark as read.The Unvanquished (1938)
William Faulkner
11.15
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 82 (3.69 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 264 (3.80 points) | American Literature: 27 (2.87 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
4Mark as read.The Yearling (1938)
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
8.72
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 42 (2.91 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 104 (2.80 points) | American Literature: 4 (1.22 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
5Mark as read.Johnny Got His Gun (1938)
Dalton Trumbo
6.93
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 103 (3.99 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 23 (1.62 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
6Mark as read.In Dreams Begin Responsibilities (1938)
Delmore Schwartz
6.50
Genre: Collection of Short Stories, Other

Google Scholar: 48 (3.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 89 (2.66 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
7Mark as read.Anthem (1938)
Ayn Rand
6.13
Genre: Novella

Google Scholar: 77 (3.61 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 76 (2.52 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
8Mark as read.The Long Valley (1938)
John Steinbeck
5.68
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 28 (2.50 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 89 (2.66 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
9Mark as read.The Buccaneers (1938)
Edith Wharton
5.64
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 12 (1.77 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 89 (2.66 points) | American Literature: 4 (1.22 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
10Mark as read.Young Man with a Horn (1938)
Dorothy Baker
5.36
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 33 (2.66 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 18 (1.47 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
11Mark as read.The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938)
Ernest Hemingway
4.92
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 35 (2.72 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 25 (1.67 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
12Mark as read.Fast and Loose (1938)
Edith Wharton
4.71
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 5 (1.17 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 50 (2.17 points) | American Literature: 5 (1.37 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
13Mark as read.Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1938)
John Fante
3.91
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 32 (2.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 13 (1.28 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
14Mark as read.All This and Heaven Too (1938)
Rachel Field
2.96
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 12 (1.77 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 11 (1.19 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
15Mark as read.The Prodigal Parents (1938)
Sinclair Lewis
2.67
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 2 (0.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 17 (1.43 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
16Mark as read.The Potter's House (1938)
Wallace Stegner
0.63
Genre: Novel

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

×

You must be logged in to do that.


Click here to log in or register.
×




Include only:

Include only works published between and .

Althorithm Modifications

Change the weight of these data points in order to change the shape of your canon.







Yes No

Enter a title for your preset. Your saved presets will appear on your user page.
×

N-gram Frequency Correction.

Titles consisting of words or phrases that are exceedingly common in the English language corpus (such as Stephen King's It or Joyce Carol Oates's them) tend to be overrepresented in search results, thus resulting in an articially inflated citation count. To counteract this tendency, Metacanon adjusts the scores for these works accordingly. Scores subjected to n-gram frequency correction are estimates only and are marked with an asterisk. N-gram freqencies are drawn from the Corpus of Contemporary American English, a project created by Mark Davies.


×

Non-unique author Correction.

Books by authors with a non-unique name (for example "Winston Churchill," the American novelist) tend to be overrepresented in search results, thus resulting in an articially inflated citation count. To counteract this tendency, Metacanon adjusts the scores for these works accordingly. Scores subjected to non-unique author correction are estimates only and are marked with a dagger.


metacanon logo
about
statistics
blog
login
metacanon logo
about
statistics
blog
login
Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.