Continuing our theme of “music, ” the Bookmarkers choice for our November 15th meeting is Song of the Lark, by Willa Cather. 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, it is important for the issues of gender and class that it explores,
We will meet Nov. 15 at Dorothy’s 7:30 for good discussion and good company. Please let Dorothy l know you will be coming. Call the Ethical Society at 914-941-3544 for more information.