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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 1992

# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.JazzToni Morrison199218.17
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 304 (5.67 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1119 (5.88 points) | American Literature: 18 (2.44 points) | American Literary History: 25 (4.18 points)
2Mark as read.All the Pretty HorsesCormac McCarthy199212.02
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 208 (5.03 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 177 (3.34 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
3Mark as read.Snow CrashNeal Stephenson19929.87
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 934 (7.96 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 35 (1.90 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
4Mark as read.Possessing the Secret of JoyAlice Walker19929.79
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 344 (5.89 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 48 (2.14 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
5Mark as read.A Good Scent from a Strange MountainRobert Olen Butler19927.33
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 57 (3.25 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 32 (1.84 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
6Mark as read.Red MarsKim Stanley Robinson19927.10
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 115 (4.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 50 (2.17 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
7Mark as read.IshmaelDaniel Quinn19926.86
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 372 (6.03 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 5 (0.82 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
8Mark as read.LeviathanPaul Auster19926.79
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 85 (3.74 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 77 (2.53 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
9Mark as read.Bailey's CafeGloria Naylor19926.57
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 63 (3.37 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 38 (1.96 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
10Mark as read.Einstein's DreamsAlan Lightman19926.52
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 221 (5.13 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 16 (1.40 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
11Mark as read.Rising SunMichael Crichton19925.98
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 108 (4.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 36 (1.92 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
12Mark as read.The ForgottenElie Wiesel19925.74
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 19 (2.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 105 (2.81 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
13Mark as read.The Volcano LoverSusan Sontag19925.74
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 93 (3.85 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 34 (1.88 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
14Mark as read.Brazil-MaruKaren Tei Yamashita19925.63
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 31 (2.60 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 18 (1.47 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
15Mark as read.Waiting to ExhaleTerry McMillan19925.57
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 98 (3.92 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 24 (1.65 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
16Mark as read.The LivingAnnie Dillard19925.49*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus.
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 12 (1.77 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 199 (2.87 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus. | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus. | American Literary History: 2 (0.85 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: -43.96%
17Mark as read.The Secret HistoryDonna Tartt19925.21
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 52 (3.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 13 (1.28 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
18Mark as read.White ButterflyWalter Mosley19925.14
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 23 (2.31 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 42 (2.04 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
19Mark as read.Brightness FallsJay McInerney19925.03
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 32 (2.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 9 (1.09 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
20Mark as read.The Bridges of Madison CountyRobert James Waller19924.88
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 93 (3.85 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 2 (0.50 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
21Mark as read.Black WaterJoyce Carol Oates19924.58
Genre: Novella

Pulitzer Prize Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 19 (2.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 37 (1.94 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
22Mark as read.Operation Wandering SoulRichard Powers19924.31
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 29 (2.53 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 13 (1.28 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
23Mark as read.In the Presence of the SunN. Scott Momaday19924.22
Genre: Collection of Short Stories, Other

Google Scholar: 16 (2.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 26 (1.70 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
24Mark as read.The Tale of the Body ThiefAnne Rice19923.83
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 34 (2.69 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 10 (1.14 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
25Mark as read.Before and AfterRosellen Brown19923.58
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 4 (1.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 28 (1.75 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
26Mark as read.The Pugilist at RestThom Jones19923.58
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 17 (2.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 8 (1.03 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
27Mark as read.VoxNicholson Baker19923.43
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 16 (2.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 17 (1.43 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
28Mark as read.Jesus' SonDenis Johnson19923.28
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 19 (2.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 10 (1.14 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
29Mark as read.Strong MotionJonathan Franzen19923.02
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 11 (1.70 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 14 (1.32 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
30Mark as read.Book: A NovelRobert Grudin19922.85
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 11 (1.70 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 3 (0.63 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
31Mark as read.Come to MeAmy Bloom19922.75
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 6 (1.28 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 7 (0.97 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
32Mark as read.At Weddings and WakesAlice McDermott19922.68
Genre: Mixed Genre

Pulitzer Prize Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 6 (1.28 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 6 (0.90 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
33Mark as read.Green Shadows, White WhaleRay Bradbury19922.61
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 8 (1.47 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 10 (1.14 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
34Mark as read.The CertificateIsaac Bashevis Singer19922.17
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 2 (0.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 18 (1.47 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
35Mark as read.Natural HistoryMaureen Howard19922.17
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 24 (1.65 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
36Mark as read.Booked to DieJohn Dunning19922.07
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 4 (1.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 2 (0.50 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
37Mark as read.Swimming in the VolcanoBob Shacochis19921.58
Genre: Mixed Genre

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 1 (0.45 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 3 (0.63 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
38Mark as read.PostcardsAnnie Proulx19921.40
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 16 (1.40 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
39Mark as read.The Black EchoMichael Connelly19921.20
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 2 (0.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 2 (0.50 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
40Mark as read.Sailor SongKen Kesey19921.09
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 9 (1.09 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
41Mark as read.For Love of the GameMichael Shaara19920.90
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.Jazz (1992)
Toni Morrison
18.17
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 304 (5.67 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 1119 (5.88 points) | American Literature: 18 (2.44 points) | American Literary History: 25 (4.18 points)
2Mark as read.All the Pretty Horses (1992)
Cormac McCarthy
12.02
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 208 (5.03 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 177 (3.34 points) | American Literature: 2 (0.83 points) | American Literary History: 4 (1.83 points)
3Mark as read.Snow Crash (1992)
Neal Stephenson
9.87
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 934 (7.96 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 35 (1.90 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
4Mark as read.Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992)
Alice Walker
9.79
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 344 (5.89 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 48 (2.14 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
5Mark as read.A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (1992)
Robert Olen Butler
7.33
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1.00 point) | Google Scholar: 57 (3.25 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 32 (1.84 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
6Mark as read.Red Mars (1992)
Kim Stanley Robinson
7.10
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 115 (4.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 50 (2.17 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
7Mark as read.Ishmael (1992)
Daniel Quinn
6.86
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 372 (6.03 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 5 (0.82 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
8Mark as read.Leviathan (1992)
Paul Auster
6.79
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 85 (3.74 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 77 (2.53 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
9Mark as read.Bailey's Cafe (1992)
Gloria Naylor
6.57
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 63 (3.37 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 38 (1.96 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 2 (1.24 points)
10Mark as read.Einstein's Dreams (1992)
Alan Lightman
6.52
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 221 (5.13 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 16 (1.40 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
11Mark as read.Rising Sun (1992)
Michael Crichton
5.98
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 108 (4.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 36 (1.92 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
12Mark as read.The Forgotten (1992)
Elie Wiesel
5.74
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 19 (2.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 105 (2.81 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
13Mark as read.The Volcano Lover (1992)
Susan Sontag
5.74
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 93 (3.85 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 34 (1.88 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
14Mark as read.Brazil-Maru (1992)
Karen Tei Yamashita
5.63
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 31 (2.60 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 18 (1.47 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 3 (1.57 points)
15Mark as read.Waiting to Exhale (1992)
Terry McMillan
5.57
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 98 (3.92 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 24 (1.65 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
16Mark as read.The Living (1992)
Annie Dillard
5.49*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus.
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 12 (1.77 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 199 (2.87 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus. | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points)*Score adjusted to correct for title consisting of an n-gram occuring with high frequency in the English language corpus. | American Literary History: 2 (0.85 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: -43.96%
17Mark as read.The Secret History (1992)
Donna Tartt
5.21
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 52 (3.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 13 (1.28 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
18Mark as read.White Butterfly (1992)
Walter Mosley
5.14
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 23 (2.31 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 42 (2.04 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
19Mark as read.Brightness Falls (1992)
Jay McInerney
5.03
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 32 (2.63 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 9 (1.09 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
20Mark as read.The Bridges of Madison County (1992)
Robert James Waller
4.88
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 93 (3.85 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 2 (0.50 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
21Mark as read.Black Water (1992)
Joyce Carol Oates
4.58
Genre: Novella

Pulitzer Prize Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 19 (2.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 37 (1.94 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
22Mark as read.Operation Wandering Soul (1992)
Richard Powers
4.31
Genre: Novel

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 29 (2.53 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 13 (1.28 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
23Mark as read.In the Presence of the Sun (1992)
N. Scott Momaday
4.22
Genre: Collection of Short Stories, Other

Google Scholar: 16 (2.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 26 (1.70 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
24Mark as read.The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
Anne Rice
3.83
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 34 (2.69 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 10 (1.14 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
25Mark as read.Before and After (1992)
Rosellen Brown
3.58
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 4 (1.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 28 (1.75 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 1 (0.79 points)
26Mark as read.The Pugilist at Rest (1992)
Thom Jones
3.58
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 17 (2.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 8 (1.03 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
27Mark as read.Vox (1992)
Nicholson Baker
3.43
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 16 (2.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 17 (1.43 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
28Mark as read.Jesus' Son (1992)
Denis Johnson
3.28
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

Google Scholar: 19 (2.14 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 10 (1.14 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
29Mark as read.Strong Motion (1992)
Jonathan Franzen
3.02
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 11 (1.70 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 14 (1.32 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
30Mark as read.Book: A Novel (1992)
Robert Grudin
2.85
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 11 (1.70 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 3 (0.63 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
31Mark as read.Come to Me (1992)
Amy Bloom
2.75
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 6 (1.28 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 7 (0.97 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
32Mark as read.At Weddings and Wakes (1992)
Alice McDermott
2.68
Genre: Mixed Genre

Pulitzer Prize Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 6 (1.28 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 6 (0.90 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
33Mark as read.Green Shadows, White Whale (1992)
Ray Bradbury
2.61
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 8 (1.47 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 10 (1.14 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
34Mark as read.The Certificate (1992)
Isaac Bashevis Singer
2.17
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 2 (0.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 18 (1.47 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
35Mark as read.Natural History (1992)
Maureen Howard
2.17
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 24 (1.65 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
36Mark as read.Booked to Die (1992)
John Dunning
2.07
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 4 (1.05 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 2 (0.50 points) | American Literature: 1 (0.53 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
37Mark as read.Swimming in the Volcano (1992)
Bob Shacochis
1.58
Genre: Mixed Genre

National Book Award Finalist (0.50 points) | Google Scholar: 1 (0.45 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 3 (0.63 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
38Mark as read.Postcards (1992)
Annie Proulx
1.40
Genre: Mixed Genre

Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 16 (1.40 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
39Mark as read.The Black Echo (1992)
Michael Connelly
1.20
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 2 (0.71 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 2 (0.50 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
40Mark as read.Sailor Song (1992)
Ken Kesey
1.09
Genre: Novel

Google Scholar: 0 (0.00 points) | JSTOR (Language and Literature): 9 (1.09 points) | American Literature: 0 (0.00 points) | American Literary History: 0 (0.00 points)
41Mark as read.For Love of the Game (1992)
Michael Shaara
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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