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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|1||▽Mark as read.||Dangling Man||Saul Bellow||1944||9.72|
|2||▽Mark as read.||Strange Fruit||Lillian Smith||1944||8.81|
|3||▽Mark as read.||A Bell for Adano||John Hersey||1944||7.56|
|4||▽Mark as read.||Anna and the King of Siam||Margaret Landon||1944||5.33|
|5||▽Mark as read.||The Leaning Tower and Other Stories||Katherine Anne Porter||1944||4.21|
|6||▽Mark as read.||The Laughter of My Father||Carlos Bulosan||1944||4.16|
|7||▽Mark as read.||A Walk in the Sun||Harry Brown||1944||3.99|
|8||▽Mark as read.||Rabbit Hill||Robert Lawson||1944||3.56|
|9||▽Mark as read.||Bugles in the Afternoon||Ernest Haycox||1944||1.87|
|1||▽Mark as read.||Dangling Man (1944)|
|2||▽Mark as read.||Strange Fruit (1944)|
|3||▽Mark as read.||A Bell for Adano (1944)|
|4||▽Mark as read.||Anna and the King of Siam (1944)|
|5||▽Mark as read.||The Leaning Tower and Other Stories (1944)|
Katherine Anne Porter
|6||▽Mark as read.||The Laughter of My Father (1944)|
|7||▽Mark as read.||A Walk in the Sun (1944)|
|8||▽Mark as read.||Rabbit Hill (1944)|
|9||▽Mark as read.||Bugles in the Afternoon (1944)|