The Song of the Lark is the second novel in Cather's Prairie Trilogy, following O Pioneers! (1913), preceding the third novel, My Ántonia (1918). Thea Kronborg is a talented singer who grew up in a small town in Colorado called Moonstone, during the period when the American West was booming with railroad expansion, and fast-growing Chicago nearby. [Featured painting by Jules Breton inspired the author's title, Song of the Lark, 1884, Art Institute of Chicago.]
"It was a wond'rous lovely storm that drove me!" -- Lenau's "Don Juan"
On uplands, At morning, The world was young, the winds were free; A garden fair, In that blue desert air, Its guest invited me to be.