Willa Cather: The Song of the Lark (3278 words)


The Song of the Lark is a testament to Cather’s love affair with music, and in particular her early years covering the arts scene in Lincoln (and abroad) for the Nebraska State Journal. After the success of her second novel, O Pioneers! (1913), she returned to the Plains landscape to create Thea Kronborg, a Swedish immigrant from Moonstone, Colorado, who defies her upbringing to reach top billing as a Wagnerian soprano. Besides Cather’s own childhood, her characterization of Thea emerged from her friendship with Anna Olivia “Olive” Fremstad, a famous Swedish-American singer who specialized in Wagnerian roles. Through interviews with the singer, she slowly cobbled together a history for h…

Citation: Grasso, Joshua. "The Song of the Lark". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2021 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=7781, accessed 07 August 2022.]

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