The Song Of The Lark

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A novelist and short-story writer, Willa Cather is today widely regarded as one of the foremost American authors of the twentieth century. Particularly renowned for the memorable women she created for such works as My Antonia and O Pioneers!, she pens the portrait of another formidable character in The Song of the Lark. This, her third novel, traces the struggle of the woman as artist in an era when a woman's role was far more rigidly defined than it is today. The prototype for the main character as a child and ...
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Overview

A novelist and short-story writer, Willa Cather is today widely regarded as one of the foremost American authors of the twentieth century. Particularly renowned for the memorable women she created for such works as My Antonia and O Pioneers!, she pens the portrait of another formidable character in The Song of the Lark. This, her third novel, traces the struggle of the woman as artist in an era when a woman's role was far more rigidly defined than it is today. The prototype for the main character as a child and adolescent was Cather herself, while a leading Wagnerian soprano at the Metropolitan Opera (Olive Fremstad) became the model for Thea Kronborg, the singer who defies the limitations placed on women of her time and social station to become an international opera star. A coming-of-age-novel, important for the issues of gender and class that it explores, The Song of the Lark is one of Cather's most popular and lyrical works.

In the Cather tradition, a memorable heroine emerges as a woman of strength and hope who works to build a life that affirms her unflagging spirit.

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What People Are Saying

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781438510538
  • Publisher: Standard Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/2/2009
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Virginia in 1873 and raised on a Nebraska ranch, Willa Cather is known for her beautifully evocative short stories and novels about the American West. Cather became the managing editor for McClure’s Magazine in 1906 and lived for forty years in New York City with her companion Edith Lewis. In 1922 Cather won the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours, the story of a Western boy in World War I. In 1933 she was awarded the Prix Femina Americaine “for distinguished literary accomplishments.” She died in 1947.

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Biography

Wilella Sibert Cather was born on December 7, 1873, in the small Virginia farming community of Winchester. When she was ten years old, her parents moved the family to the prairies of Nebraska, where her father opened a farm mortgage and insurance business. Home-schooled before enrolling in the local high school, Cather had a mind of her own, changing her given name to Willa and adopting a variation of her grandmother's maiden name, Seibert, as her middle name.

During Cather's studies at the University of Nebraska, she worked as a drama critic to support herself and published her first piece of short fiction, "Peter," in a Boston magazine. After graduation, her love of music and intellectual pursuits inspired her to move to Pittsburgh, where she edited the family magazine Home Monthly, wrote theater criticism for the Pittsburgh Daily Leader, and taught English and Latin in local high schools. Cather's big break came with the publication of her first short story collection, The Troll Garden (1905). The following year she moved to New York City to work for McClure's Magazine as a writer and eventually the magazine's managing editor.

Considered one of the great figures of early-twentieth-century American literature, Willa Cather derived much of her inspiration from the American Midwest, which she considered her home. Never married, she cherished her many friendships, some of which she had maintained since childhood. Her intimate coterie of women writers and artists motivated Cather to produce some of her best work. Sarah Orne Jewett, a successful author from Maine whom Cather had met during her McClure's years, inspired her to devote herself full-time to creating literature and to write about her childhood, which she did in several novels of the prairies. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for her novel about World War I, called One of Ours.

She won many other awards, including a gold medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Prix Femina Americaine. On April 24, 1947, two years after publishing her last novel, Willa Cather died in New York City of a cerebral hemorrhage. Among Cather's other accomplishments were honorary doctorate degrees from Columbia, Princeton, and Yale Universities.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of O, Pioneers!.

Good To Know

When Cather first arrived at the University of Nebraska, she dressed as William Cather, her opposite sex twin.

Cather was the first woman voted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame, in 1961.

She spent forty years of her life with her companion, Edith Lewis, in New York City.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Wilella Sibert Cather (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 7, 1873
    2. Place of Birth:
      Winchester, Virginia
    1. Date of Death:
      April 27, 1947
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York

Table of Contents

Part I. Friends of Childhood 1
Part II. The Song of the Lark 105
Part III. Stupid Faces 161
Part IV. The Ancient People 189
Part V. Doctor Archie's Venture 221
Part VI. Kronborg 245
Epilogue 309
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Poor Quality

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2010

    Average Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2004

    An Unusual Lark

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    read this book

    '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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2002

    Great for Singers

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Skylar

    "You shouldn't have read that," she frowns, biting her lip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Harry

    :c Unsatisfactoryyyy. *he threw his arms up around her and pinned her to his chest, kissing her nose, chin, and mouth with giggles of delight.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Treble the Second

    River is Eleven's wife.... you haven't seen the Smith era yet?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Myrracle

    She covers her eyes and bows. "I must go. Good bye."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Treble

    ((Same here. Baiiiii~))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Myrracle

    With her congratulations done, she stepped aside so thers can have their turns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Cloud

    Watched, barely able to contain herself. [B

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Chord

    I'm goung to bed...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Harry

    "Oh, I don't think so," he growled quietly, smirking as he hauled her upright and pinned her back against the tree, sneaking his lips to her neck and kissing her softly all over her throat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Hush

    *she grins at Chord, eyes sparkling with tears already.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Theta

    ((Nuuuuu!!! Bai Lyne D:))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Lyne

    She grinned. Caedence beamed, babbling happily and asking for Ava. ((Gtgtb. Meh. Bbt.))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Lyne

    "Good." She laughed, letting go. "I'm so happy for you."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Lyne

    She stepped in line after Swag. :3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Chord

    ((Sorry, I'm just waiting until everyone else gets here...))

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