100th Anniversary Edition
“Miss Cather, indeed, here steps definitely into the small class of American novelists who are seriously to be reckoned with.”—H. L. Mencken
“To reread Cather is to rediscover an arresting chapter in the national past.”—Los Angeles Times
Feisty Thea Kronborg, with her rapturous singing voice, is headed for great things. But her upbringing in a raw, provincial Colorado town has practically stifled her artistic ambitions. Only a few people in Moonstone recognize Thea’s world-class talent. One of them is Ray Kennedy, who, entranced by Thea’s voice, hopes to marry her, but is destined to unchain her. Sustained by determination and a pioneer’s spirit, and inspired by the Native American culture that surrounded her in youth, Thea makes her way in the world. But with loneliness as her constant companion, she comes to realize what sacrifices a true artist must make.…
With an Introduction by Melissa Homestead
About the Author
Melissa Homestead is the Susan J. Rosowski Professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is the author of American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822–1869, and with Guy Reynolds is coeditor of Willa Cather and Modern Cultures.
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
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|
What People are Saying About This
Cather makes a great romance of the loneliness of the artist's vocation.
The time will come when she will be ranked above Hemingway.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Song of the Lark is a classic and although it is long and at times, difficult to read because of the descriptions of settings, it is a book that profoundly effected me. It is the story of an artist and who she is, what she has to do to become an artist, and what she draws on to create her art. It is insightful and intriguing. You are drawn into the novel and at times, you might want to leave it because it is demanding to read, but stay with it, the passages describing Thea's heart and mind are brilliant and thought provoking. In light of what we have read and learned about the writer, the book takes on an even deeper meaning. Well worth the visit to the past.