Frye launched the idea that the mythological framework of American Literature and Cosmology is provided by the Bible. He developed this theory in his work “The Great Code” in which he established how the Bible’s narrative is related to all conventions and genres of American Literature. In this context, we assume that the pre-literary singularity of the American Literary Model is the Bible. The first Western settlers arrived around 1561 on the American continent and the Bible or – related literature stood at the center of their existence till 1716. When this first symmetries started to break up, followed a hot expansion of the American Literary Universe. We postulate that time in American Literature started with this Big Bang and that previous times are undefined.
We take the printed book collection of the U.S. Library of Congress as reference background for the study of American Literature as an entity. The size of the system expands at the same logarithmic pace as the collection of the library (average 3.4 % / year).
The earliest record available dates from 1866 and shows an inventory of 183,142 books. By 2014, this amount was inflated to 31,127,906 books.
North American Literature produces yearly about 1,000,000 fiction and non-fiction books.
There are more than 168,000 Bibles that are sold or given to others in the United States every day, which averages to about 20,000,000 yearly . For this reason, the Bible is actually excluded from book bestsellers lists because it would always be on top.
… A hen as ‘an egg’s way of making another egg’…. An organism is a gene’s way of making another gene … North American culture is the bible’s way of making more bibles.
One of the most surprising and most profound insights from the science of memetics is that your thoughts are not always your own original ideas. A Cryptomathematical Analysis of the US Best Sellers Lists. provides a multivariate model of cycles in North American literature. You catch thoughts—you get infected with them, both directly from other people and indirectly from viruses of the mind. People don‘t seem to like the idea that they aren’t in control of their thoughts.
 Northrop Frye. The Great Code: The Bible and Literature. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983.
 Annual report of the Librarian of Congress(1866). By: Library of Congress, Published: