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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 1967

# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.Confessions of Nat TurnerWilliam Styron196713.99
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 270 (5.46 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 187 (3.40 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
2Mark as read.The Man Who Cried I AmJohn A. Williams19678.21
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 48 (3.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 93 (2.70 points) | American Literature: 4 (1.22 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
3Mark as read.Snow WhiteDonald Barthelme19677.97
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 108 (4.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 112 (2.87 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
4Mark as read.Trout Fishing in AmericaRichard Brautigan19677.13
Genre: Novella

Google Scholar: 69 (3.48 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 58 (2.29 points) | American Literature: 5 (1.37 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
5Mark as read.The ChosenChaim Potok19677.00
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 101 (3.96 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 78 (2.54 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
6Mark as read.The OutsidersS. E. Hinton19675.93
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 65 (3.40 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 77 (2.53 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
7Mark as read.The Eighth DayThornton Wilder19675.75
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 20 (2.19 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 42 (2.04 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
8Mark as read.The Einstein IntersectionSamuel R. Delany19675.26
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 29 (2.53 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 37 (1.94 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
9Mark as read.When She Was GoodPhilip Roth19675.12
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 25 (2.39 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 96 (2.73 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
10Mark as read.A Garden of Earthly DelightsJoyce Carol Oates19675.05
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 8 (1.47 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 42 (2.04 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
11Mark as read.NumbersJohn Rechy19674.98
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 2 (0.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 94 (2.71 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
12Mark as read.Death KitSusan Sontag19674.91
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 16 (2.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 47 (2.12 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
13Mark as read.A Place on EarthWendell Berry19674.87
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 27 (2.46 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 34 (1.88 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
14Mark as read.The Freelance PallbearersIshmael Reed19674.67
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 42 (2.91 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 12 (1.24 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
15Mark as read.Of Love and DustErnest J. Gaines19674.31
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 19 (2.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 50 (2.17 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
16Mark as read.Rosemary's BabyIra Levin19674.19
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 63 (3.37 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 5 (0.82 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
17Mark as read.The ArrangementElia Kazan19673.74
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 7 (1.38 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 63 (2.36 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
18Mark as read.ChristyCatherine Marshall19673.19
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 17 (2.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 10 (1.14 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
19Mark as read.demWilliam Melvin Kelley19673.04
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 27 (1.72 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
20Mark as read.A Sport and a PastimeJames Salter19672.58
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 4 (1.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 20 (1.53 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
21Mark as read.Coffee, Tea or Me?Donald Bain19672.32
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 13 (1.83 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 2 (0.50 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
# Score
1Mark as read.Confessions of Nat Turner (1967)
William Styron
13.99
Genre: Novel

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 270 (5.46 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 187 (3.40 points) | American Literature: 12 (2.06 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
2Mark as read.The Man Who Cried I Am (1967)
John A. Williams
8.21
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 48 (3.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 93 (2.70 points) | American Literature: 4 (1.22 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
3Mark as read.Snow White (1967)
Donald Barthelme
7.97
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 108 (4.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 112 (2.87 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
4Mark as read.Trout Fishing in America (1967)
Richard Brautigan
7.13
Genre: Novella

Google Scholar: 69 (3.48 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 58 (2.29 points) | American Literature: 5 (1.37 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
5Mark as read.The Chosen (1967)
Chaim Potok
7.00
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 101 (3.96 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 78 (2.54 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
6Mark as read.The Outsiders (1967)
S. E. Hinton
5.93
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 65 (3.40 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 77 (2.53 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
7Mark as read.The Eighth Day (1967)
Thornton Wilder
5.75
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 20 (2.19 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 42 (2.04 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
8Mark as read.The Einstein Intersection (1967)
Samuel R. Delany
5.26
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 29 (2.53 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 37 (1.94 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
9Mark as read.When She Was Good (1967)
Philip Roth
5.12
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 25 (2.39 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 96 (2.73 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
10Mark as read.A Garden of Earthly Delights (1967)
Joyce Carol Oates
5.05
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 8 (1.47 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 42 (2.04 points) | American Literature: 3 (1.04 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
11Mark as read.Numbers (1967)
John Rechy
4.98
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 2 (0.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 94 (2.71 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
12Mark as read.Death Kit (1967)
Susan Sontag
4.91
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 16 (2.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 47 (2.12 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
13Mark as read.A Place on Earth (1967)
Wendell Berry
4.87
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 27 (2.46 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 34 (1.88 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
14Mark as read.The Freelance Pallbearers (1967)
Ishmael Reed
4.67
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 42 (2.91 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 12 (1.24 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
15Mark as read.Of Love and Dust (1967)
Ernest J. Gaines
4.31
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 19 (2.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 50 (2.17 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
16Mark as read.Rosemary's Baby (1967)
Ira Levin
4.19
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 63 (3.37 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 5 (0.82 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
17Mark as read.The Arrangement (1967)
Elia Kazan
3.74
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 7 (1.38 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 63 (2.36 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
18Mark as read.Christy (1967)
Catherine Marshall
3.19
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 17 (2.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 10 (1.14 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
19Mark as read.dem (1967)
William Melvin Kelley
3.04
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 27 (1.72 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
20Mark as read.A Sport and a Pastime (1967)
James Salter
2.58
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 4 (1.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 20 (1.53 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
21Mark as read.Coffee, Tea or Me? (1967)
Donald Bain
2.32
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 13 (1.83 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 2 (0.50 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)

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