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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 1950

# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.Across the River and into the TreesErnest Hemingway195011.08
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 153 (4.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 200 (3.47 points) | American Literature: 15 (2.27 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
2Mark as read.The Martian ChroniclesRay Bradbury19509.21
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 214 (5.07 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 178 (3.35 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
3Mark as read.I, RobotIsaac Asimov19509.01
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 625 (7.07 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 37 (1.94 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
4Mark as read.World Enough and TimeRobert Penn Warren19507.41
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 20 (2.19 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 161 (3.24 points) | American Literature: 11 (1.98 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
5Mark as read.The Family MoskatIsaac Bashevis Singer19506.03
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 43 (2.93 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 81 (2.57 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
6Mark as read.The Town and the CityJack Kerouac19505.89
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 49 (3.08 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 58 (2.29 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
7Mark as read.Collected Stories of William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner19505.77
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 73 (2.48 points) | American Literature: 6 (1.50 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
8Mark as read.Strangers on a TrainPatricia Highsmith19505.75
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 45 (2.98 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 20 (1.53 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
9Mark as read.Burning BrightJohn Steinbeck19505.25
Genre: Novella

Google Scholar: 18 (2.09 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 61 (2.33 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
10Mark as read.Simple Speaks His MindLangston Hughes19504.56
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 16 (2.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 80 (2.56 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
11Mark as read.The Roman Spring of Mrs. StoneTennessee Williams19504.41
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 12 (1.77 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 47 (2.12 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
12Mark as read.The Delicate PreyPaul Bowles19504.39
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 17 (2.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 31 (1.82 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
13Mark as read.The TownConrad Richter19503.12*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus.
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 1 (0.45 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 32 (1.37 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus. | American Literature: 1 (0.30 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus. | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus.

N-gram Frequency Correction: -52.59%
14Mark as read.The Watchful Gods and Other StoriesWalter Van Tilburg Clark19502.45
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 5 (1.17 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 13 (1.28 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
# Score
1Mark as read.Across the River and into the Trees (1950)
Ernest Hemingway
11.08
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 153 (4.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 200 (3.47 points) | American Literature: 15 (2.27 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
2Mark as read.The Martian Chronicles (1950)
Ray Bradbury
9.21
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 214 (5.07 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 178 (3.35 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
3Mark as read.I, Robot (1950)
Isaac Asimov
9.01
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 625 (7.07 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 37 (1.94 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
4Mark as read.World Enough and Time (1950)
Robert Penn Warren
7.41
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 20 (2.19 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 161 (3.24 points) | American Literature: 11 (1.98 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
5Mark as read.The Family Moskat (1950)
Isaac Bashevis Singer
6.03
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 43 (2.93 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 81 (2.57 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
6Mark as read.The Town and the City (1950)
Jack Kerouac
5.89
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 49 (3.08 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 58 (2.29 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
7Mark as read.Collected Stories of William Faulkner (1950)
William Faulkner
5.77
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 73 (2.48 points) | American Literature: 6 (1.50 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
8Mark as read.Strangers on a Train (1950)
Patricia Highsmith
5.75
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 45 (2.98 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 20 (1.53 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
9Mark as read.Burning Bright (1950)
John Steinbeck
5.25
Genre: Novella

Google Scholar: 18 (2.09 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 61 (2.33 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
10Mark as read.Simple Speaks His Mind (1950)
Langston Hughes
4.56
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 16 (2.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 80 (2.56 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
11Mark as read.The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1950)
Tennessee Williams
4.41
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 12 (1.77 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 47 (2.12 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
12Mark as read.The Delicate Prey (1950)
Paul Bowles
4.39
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 17 (2.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 31 (1.82 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
13Mark as read.The Town (1950)
Conrad Richter
3.12*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus.
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 1 (0.45 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 32 (1.37 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus. | American Literature: 1 (0.30 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus. | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus.

N-gram Frequency Correction: -52.59%
14Mark as read.The Watchful Gods and Other Stories (1950)
Walter Van Tilburg Clark
2.45
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 5 (1.17 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 13 (1.28 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)

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