The Song of the Lark (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

The Song of the Lark (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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by Willa Cather
     
 

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This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 
The Song of the Lark tells a tale of struggle and courage in which a determined protagonist forges a self equal to a wild and outsized land.  However, the heroic figure at the center of this story is not a woodsman or an explorer as in most

Overview

This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 
The Song of the Lark tells a tale of struggle and courage in which a determined protagonist forges a self equal to a wild and outsized land.  However, the heroic figure at the center of this story is not a woodsman or an explorer as in most frontier novels.  Thea Kronborg is a young girl growing up in a small Colorado town with a "secret something" inside her, and what she must conquer is not a people or a land, but an art.  She dreams big and gets what she dreams of: a brilliant success as a Wagnerian soprano. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411466838
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Series:
Barnes & Noble Digital Library
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
669 KB

Meet the Author

Willa Sibert Cather was born near Winchester, Virginia, in 1873.  At the age of nine her family moved to frontier Nebraska.  Many of Willa Cather's own experiences went into The Song of the Lark: the story of a gifted girl growing up in a small western town and finding in the wide-open landscape a dazzling equivalent to her own expansive sense of self.  While attending the University of Nebraska her ambitions turned toward writing, managing the college newspaper and working as a columnist. Later, she taught high school in Pittsburgh and worked as an editor for McClure's. Not until age thirty-seven did Cather leave the journalistic world to pursue fiction-writing full time, becoming one of America’s major novelists.

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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