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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).

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AMERICAN FICTION 1955

# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.LolitaVladimir Nabokov195517.50
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 736 (7.42 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 811 (5.35 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
2Mark as read.A FableWilliam Faulkner195513.48
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 34 (2.69 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 404 (4.33 points) | American Literature: 52 (3.67 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
3Mark as read.A Good Man Is Hard to FindFlannery O'Connor195511.74
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 147 (4.49 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 255 (3.75 points) | American Literature: 14 (2.20 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
4Mark as read.The Man in the Gray Flannel SuitSloan Wilson19559.49
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 311 (5.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 53 (2.22 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
5Mark as read.The RecognitionsWilliam Gaddis19559.05
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 67 (3.44 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 122 (2.96 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
6Mark as read.Band of AngelsRobert Penn Warren19557.54
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 10 (1.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 91 (2.68 points) | American Literature: 6 (1.50 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
7Mark as read.The Deer ParkNorman Mailer19557.47
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 25 (2.39 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 86 (2.63 points) | American Literature: 4 (1.22 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
8Mark as read.Marjorie MorningstarHerman Wouk19556.47
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 52 (3.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 59 (2.30 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
9Mark as read.The Talented Mr. RipleyPatricia Highsmith19556.07
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 88 (3.78 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 19 (1.50 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
10Mark as read.The Sweet Flypaper of LifeLangston Hughes19555.89
Genre: Other

Google Scholar: 30 (2.56 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 45 (2.09 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
11Mark as read.The Spider's HousePaul Bowles19555.74
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 32 (2.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 31 (1.82 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
12Mark as read.Satan in GorayIsaac Bashevis Singer19555.17
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 15 (1.94 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 93 (2.70 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
13Mark as read.The Ginger ManJ. P. Donleavy19555.15
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 27 (2.46 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 51 (2.19 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
14Mark as read.Faithful Are the WoundsMay Sarton19555.09
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 20 (2.19 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 9 (1.09 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
15Mark as read.The Old OrderKatherine Anne Porter19554.69
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 8 (1.47 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 66 (2.40 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
16Mark as read.The Bride of the InnisfallenEudora Welty19554.43
Genre: Mixed Genre

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 13 (1.83 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 46 (2.11 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
17Mark as read.Ten North FrederickJohn O'Hara19554.19
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 7 (1.38 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 13 (1.28 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
18Mark as read.AndersonvilleMacKinlay Kantor19554.14
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 6 (1.28 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 15 (1.36 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
19Mark as read.The Black PrinceShirley Ann Grau19553.35
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 4 (1.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 13 (1.28 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
20Mark as read.A Charmed LifeMary McCarthy19553.25
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 9 (1.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 26 (1.70 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
21Mark as read.The Conquest of Don PedroHarvey Fergusson19553.17
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 9 (1.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 9 (1.09 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
22Mark as read.Auntie MamePatrick Dennis19552.64
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 9 (1.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 9 (1.09 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
23Mark as read.Pick-upCharles Willeford19551.85
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 2 (0.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 10 (1.14 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
24Mark as read.The Dark ArenaMario Puzo19551.52
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 3 (0.90 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 3 (0.63 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
25Mark as read.Tituba of Salem VillageAnn Petry19551.50
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 19 (1.50 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
26Mark as read.Beast in ViewMargaret Millar19550.90
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 3 (0.90 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 0 (0.00 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
# Score
1Mark as read.Lolita (1955)
Vladimir Nabokov
17.50
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 736 (7.42 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 811 (5.35 points) | American Literature: 9 (1.81 points) | American Literary History: 7 (2.42 points)
2Mark as read.A Fable (1955)
William Faulkner
13.48
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 34 (2.69 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 404 (4.33 points) | American Literature: 52 (3.67 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
3Mark as read.A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955)
Flannery O'Connor
11.74
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 147 (4.49 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 255 (3.75 points) | American Literature: 14 (2.20 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
4Mark as read.The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1955)
Sloan Wilson
9.49
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 311 (5.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 53 (2.22 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
5Mark as read.The Recognitions (1955)
William Gaddis
9.05
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 67 (3.44 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 122 (2.96 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
6Mark as read.Band of Angels (1955)
Robert Penn Warren
7.54
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 10 (1.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 91 (2.68 points) | American Literature: 6 (1.50 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
7Mark as read.The Deer Park (1955)
Norman Mailer
7.47
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 25 (2.39 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 86 (2.63 points) | American Literature: 4 (1.22 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
8Mark as read.Marjorie Morningstar (1955)
Herman Wouk
6.47
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 52 (3.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 59 (2.30 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
9Mark as read.The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955)
Patricia Highsmith
6.07
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 88 (3.78 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 19 (1.50 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
10Mark as read.The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955)
Langston Hughes
5.89
Genre: Other

Google Scholar: 30 (2.56 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 45 (2.09 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
11Mark as read.The Spider's House (1955)
Paul Bowles
5.74
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 32 (2.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 31 (1.82 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
12Mark as read.Satan in Goray (1955)
Isaac Bashevis Singer
5.17
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 15 (1.94 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 93 (2.70 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
13Mark as read.The Ginger Man (1955)
J. P. Donleavy
5.15
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 27 (2.46 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 51 (2.19 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
14Mark as read.Faithful Are the Wounds (1955)
May Sarton
5.09
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 20 (2.19 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 9 (1.09 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
15Mark as read.The Old Order (1955)
Katherine Anne Porter
4.69
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 8 (1.47 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 66 (2.40 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
16Mark as read.The Bride of the Innisfallen (1955)
Eudora Welty
4.43
Genre: Mixed Genre

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 13 (1.83 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 46 (2.11 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
17Mark as read.Ten North Frederick (1955)
John O'Hara
4.19
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 7 (1.38 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 13 (1.28 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
18Mark as read.Andersonville (1955)
MacKinlay Kantor
4.14
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 6 (1.28 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 15 (1.36 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
19Mark as read.The Black Prince (1955)
Shirley Ann Grau
3.35
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 4 (1.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 13 (1.28 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
20Mark as read.A Charmed Life (1955)
Mary McCarthy
3.25
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 9 (1.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 26 (1.70 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
21Mark as read.The Conquest of Don Pedro (1955)
Harvey Fergusson
3.17
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 9 (1.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 9 (1.09 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
22Mark as read.Auntie Mame (1955)
Patrick Dennis
2.64
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 9 (1.55 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 9 (1.09 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
23Mark as read.Pick-up (1955)
Charles Willeford
1.85
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 2 (0.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 10 (1.14 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
24Mark as read.The Dark Arena (1955)
Mario Puzo
1.52
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 3 (0.90 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 3 (0.63 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
25Mark as read.Tituba of Salem Village (1955)
Ann Petry
1.50
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 19 (1.50 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
26Mark as read.Beast in View (1955)
Margaret Millar
0.90
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 3 (0.90 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 0 (0.00 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)

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