Song Of The Lark

Song Of The Lark

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by Willa Cather
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604444704
Publisher:
IndoEuropeanPublishing
Publication date:
03/12/2011
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(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

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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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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With her congratulations done, she stepped aside so thers can have their turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((Same here. Baiiiii~))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((Nuuuuu!!! Bai Lyne D:))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*she grins at Chord, eyes sparkling with tears already.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goes of nearby.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At 'Black and white' result one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful girl with long blonde hair and blue eyes walks in wearing white hollister jeans and a navy hollister shirt nd grey uggs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh never freakin' mind this place is already dead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Twolegs!" He clawee Harry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*sits on her* •-•
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Happily by One Direction?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walks in, looking around "Can I join?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A strong female artist achieves success with the help of generous men who admire her.
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