The Song of the Lark (1915 Edition)

The Song of the Lark (1915 Edition)

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by Willa Cather
     
 

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Perhaps Willa Cather's most autobiographical work, The Song of the Lark charts the story of a young woman's awakening as an artist against the backdrop of the western landscape. Thea Kronborg, an aspiring singer, struggles to escape from the confines her small Colorado town to the world of possibility in the Metropolitan Opera House. In classic Cather style, The

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Perhaps Willa Cather's most autobiographical work, The Song of the Lark charts the story of a young woman's awakening as an artist against the backdrop of the western landscape. Thea Kronborg, an aspiring singer, struggles to escape from the confines her small Colorado town to the world of possibility in the Metropolitan Opera House. In classic Cather style, The Song of the Lark is the beautiful, unforgettable story of American determination and its inextricable connection to the land.

"The time will come when she'll be ranked above Hemingway."—Leon Edel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803263000
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
02/01/1978
Pages:
490
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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Vivian Gornick
Cather makes a great romance of the loneliness of the artist's vocation.
Leon Edel
The time will come when she will be ranked above Hemingway.

Meet the Author

WILLA CATHER (1873

–1947), the Pulitzer Prize

–winning author of more than fifteen books, was one of the most distinguished American writers of the early twentieth century.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 7, 1873
Date of Death:
April 27, 1947
Place of Birth:
Winchester, Virginia
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A., University of Nebraska, 1895

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The Song of the Lark (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was good but not my favorite. The book is slow. While the illustration on the front cover is nice, I don't see how it fit the book. I spent lots of time trying to figure out how it related to the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are so many typos in this copy that I couldn't get past the first 3 pages. This should be an excellent book. Whoever did the copy of this book should be fired.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Willa Cather paints us a picture of a very unusual girl. From the first we see that Thea is a little different from others just as Willa was a little different from contemporaries of her sex. Other characters in the novel can see that Thea is gifted, often distant as dreamers often are and destined for greater things than most. As I was reading the book I tried to focus on just what made her different. I appreciate Willa's imagery. The sandhills, Chicago, and the cliff dwellings in Arizona stand out like paintings in the Novel. Willa Cather certainly deserves high praise for the works she has left us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Nothing is far and nothing is near, if one desires. The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing- desire.' This is only one of the many poetic lines in this excellent novel by Willa Cather. The book is a tale of a young girl, Thea Kronborg, that has many experiences on her journey to following her dream of becoming a successful opera singer. The character actually represents Cather and her struggles to achieve artistic recognition. Throughout the book I felt compelled to relate myself to Thea's experiences. I believe this book is not only the story of a person's desire taking them out of the little town they grew up in, but it creates a new world for the reader to explore in. The minor characters in the novel add on to the intensity and love Thea has for singing. As she grows up and learns what it takes to make it big, the reader can not help but grow attached to the distinct setting and characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels passionate about a certain talent they have. The Song Of The Lark teaches you that it is possible to achieve your dream.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark is a highly decorative novel that provides a detailed account on the growth of a young girl, Thea Kronborg, who has an exceptional talent in singing. The book goes over Thea¿s modest upbringing to her career as an opera singer with an in-depth look at her maturity as she refines her talent. However, the book seems to focus more on Thea¿s surroundings than on Thea herself. There are lengthy descriptions of the landscapes and the important people in her life, but you never truly get to know Thea. Therefore, you often get a picture of what Thea is like through her interactions with other people and the affect that she has on friends, such as Dr. Archie and Fred Ottenburg. During the novel, I expected something huge and horrible to happen to Thea, but I found out that the novel isn¿t much of a roller coaster ride in terms of life-changing events. Though it wasn¿t action-packed, the novel was satisfying because of Cather¿s literary genius. From the beginning, it is already confirmed that Thea is uncommon, a theme that is constantly emphasized throughout the novel. Yet, the beauty of this book is that it describes Thea¿s musical gift in such a way that it allows you to experience her uniqueness: by imagining the tone and richness of her voice. The description leaves it open to interpretation so that you can be swept away by her strong personality even though you haven¿t really met her. The vast descriptions of the Midwest landscape is so captivating that it makes you cherish it on the same level that Thea does. Overall, this book appealed to me because I love to sing. I felt a personal connection to Thea because I wanted to be like her. I would definitely recommend it to those who are interested in opera or singing because it¿s one of the few novels out there that includes such a deep text in singing and opera.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had trouble understanding & sympathizing with the character Thea-or I just didn't like her much. I have enjoyed othrr works by Cather much more.
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She stepped in line after Swag. :3
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Walks in.
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A strong female artist achieves success with the help of generous men who admire her.
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