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The Song of the Lark

Premiered on PBS May 2001

Willa Cather's partially autobiographical novel about a young woman's struggle to achieve her destiny -- a struggle that takes her from a small Colorado town to the opera stages of the world -- was chosen to be part of EXXONMOBIL MASTERPIECE THEATRE'S AMERICAN COLLECTION.

Follow the links (left) to learn more about The Song of the Lark, Willa Cather, and the dynamic production brought to life on PBS in May 2001. 

"When I strike the open plains, something happens.  I'm home.  I breathe differently.  That love of great spaces, of rolling open country like the sea-- it's the great passion of my life."

Check out ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection website at for additional teacher information


- Willa Cather

Learn more about Willa Cather and The Song of the Lark by following the buttons (left).  See explanations below:

Introduction: Biography and Essay on Willa Cather.

Author Links: Teacher evaluated websites on Cather and/or The Song of the Lark.

Full Text: Read The Song of the Lark online!

Online Teacher's Guide: a useful tool to organize the resources on the site for every teaching combination of the film and novel.

Teacher Resources/Lesson Plans: Essays and Lesson Plans  focusing on Cather and/or The Song of the Lark.

Between the Lines: A new special issue of our student literary magazine devoted to The Song of the Lark and its themes; includes a clip from the show.

Production Info: Learn about how The Song of the Lark is being turned into a movie.

Image Gallery: View photographs from the film version of The Song of the Lark.