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The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather (1915)

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather, published in 1915, was the third of her twelve novels. It traces the artistic growth of Thea Kronberg, the novel’s heroine, from her hometown in the desert of Colorado to the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. Though Cather herself didn’t follow the path of a performer, some of the elements of the novel are autobiographical, mirroring the trajectory from an early life in a pioneering region to one of creative fulfillment as a woman.

Thea Kronborg has a dream of becoming a world-class singer. Born into the family of a Swedish Methodist minister in the Colorado village of moonstone, she has a beautiful voice, a driving ambition, and an innate sense of what is true and fine. She sees the surroundings in which she is growing up in as cheap and tawdry, though it’s a part of the booming American West. Read More→

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